MERIDIAN, Miss--(WTOK) Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority held its joint founders day celebration at Meridian City Hall Saturday afternoon. There were several honorable guest who were in attendance, along with elected officials Mayor Percy Bland and City Councilmen Kenneth Dustin Markham.
Mayor Bland proclaimed this weekend founders day celebration for the Gamma Epsilon Sigma and Delta Nu Zeta Chapters, both chartered in Meridian more than 60 years ago. Dr. Ivory Y. Lyles was the keynote speaker and spoke about carrying on its legacy.
“It solidifies that Sigma and Zeta bond. It solidifies that the mayor recognizes that we have made a difference and he anticipates we will continue to make a difference,” said Lyles.
There was entertainment, food, and a tribute to the national founders through candle light service, and recognition of those who started the local charters. The theme of Dr. Lyles’ message came from the book of Nehemiah in the Bible. Lyles talked about the importance of making an impact.
“We have a real focus on our Sigma Beta clubs. They understand that in today’s society many of our young people have problems with good solid mentors. And our brothers step up every day to provide mentoring. You see them in our school system working with our young people, you see them in the community picking up garbage, and in the housing projects making a difference,” said Lyles.
Lyles said the organizations are known for maintaining its bond of brother and sisterhood along with mentoring youth, scholarship, and community service.
“It is the only true brother and sisterhood organization we are constitutionally bound. Whenever we call upon them like this joint founders day. We work hand and hand to make sure we are making a difference in the community,” said Lyles.
The event raised money to benefit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.