Bill Clinton Joins Black Fraternity

Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd president, has always enjoyed a special relationship with African Americans. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison referred to Clinton as America’s first black president. Now, Phi Beta Sigma, the fraternity founded at Howard University in 1914, has inducted Clinton as a member.

The fraternity has more than 150,000 alumni members in 500 chapters nationwide. A. Philip Randolph, James Weldon Johnson, and George Washington Carver all have been members of Phi Beta Sigma.

In announcing the induction, fraternity president Paul L. Griffin stated, “It is a high privilege and a matter of great significance that we the members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity accept and welcome The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton into our wondrous band.”