The Gamma Eta Sigma, Tampa Alumni Chapter
The Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was chartered in November of 1946. Prominent members of the chapter that were known in the city of Tampa included:
- Bro. T. N. Hill, educator and past State Director, one of the brothers responsible for the chartering of the collegiate chapter at the University of South Florida (Zeta Xi chapter)
- Bro. Dr. Caleb Wright, prominent dentist
- Bro. Linnell DuPress, owner of the DuPree Press-printing company
- Bro. Clifford Brady, City of Tampa Employee
- Bro. George Dennis
The chapter has been involved with the various community conscious organizations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League. Also, the chapter was responsible for the chartering of the two collegiate chapters at the University of Tampa (Alpha Beta Gamma) and the University of South Florida (Zeta Xi). Annual chapter projects include the Community Easter Egg Hunt, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Toy Drive, Bigger & Better Business Reception and the Blue Tie Affair.
We celebrated 100 years as a fraternity in 2014 and will celebrate 70 years as a chapter in 2016. Gamma Eta Sigma will continue to uphold the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service.
The Story of Tampa Sigmas
The year also brought about a major movement for hundreds of thousands of African-American men…it was the year Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (Sigma) was founded. On January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, three courageous men forged new ground to form the fraternity. On January 9, 2014, the men of Phi Beta Sigma celebrated 100 years of service. The founders A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown established the fraternity on the principals of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service.
A century later, the hope the founders, to be an organization that is “a part of” rather than “apart from” the community, lives on. The organization has evolved into a historical institution of more 150,000 college-educated men operating more than 650 chapters worldwide.