uring the 20th anniversary of Sigma, the Committee on Public Policy urged that the fraternity come forth with a broadly-based program that would be addressed to the problems of the great masses of the Negro people. This new departure, in large measure, grew out of the experiences of the New York group. These men from Manhattan brought with them a new idea of Social Action.
Phi Beta Sigma has from its very beginning concerned itself with improving the general well-being of minority groups. In 1934, a well-defined program of Social Action was formulated and put into action. Bro. Elmo M. Anderson, then president of Epsilon Sigma Chapter (New York) formulated this program calling for the reconstruction of social order. It was such a tremendous succes that it was adopted by the Fraternity as a national program.
The fraternity's five main social action initiatives are:
· Project Vote - emphasizes educating, encouraging, and registering members of the community to participate in the democratic process.
· Sigma Wellness - focused on living healthier lifestyles through education.
· Sigma Presence on Capitol Hill - presenting Sigma members the opportunity to discuss the many of the critical issues facing our communities with members of the U.S. Congress
· Project S.W.W.A.C. - a concentrated and coordinated effort to reduce the incidence of cancer in the African American community. Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, the goal of Project S.W.W.A.C. is to increase awareness, with a strong emphasis on early detection and prevention of prostate and colorectal cancer.
· Project S.A.T.A.P.P. - a collaborative venture with the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation to address the alarming rise in teenage pregnancy.