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Iota Phi Theta
Founded September 19, 1963 (1963-09-19) (age 44)
Morgan State University
Type Social
Scope International
Flag of the United States United States Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas Flag of South Korea South Korea
Motto Building A Tradition,
Not Resting Upon One!
Colors Charcoal Brown
Gilded Gold
Symbol Centaur
Flower Yellow Rose
Chapters 270
Free label Iotas, Centaurs, Outlaws
Headquarters Founders Hall

1600 North Calvert Street
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Homepage Iota Phi Theta Website

The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity (ΙΦΘ) is a nationally incorporated, predominantly African-American fraternity was founded at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Iota Phi Theta presently consists of 35,000 members. There are currently around 270 undergraduate and alumni chapters, as well as colonies located in over 40 US states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas and South Korea. The Brotherhood of Iota Phi Theta was a local service fraternity at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1973 to 2001, whose colors of Iota Phi Theta were brown and gold. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... Morgan State University, formerly Centenary Biblical Institute (1867-1890), Morgan College (1890 -1975), is located in residential Baltimore, Maryland. ... Baltimore redirects here. ... ... [--168. ...



The fraternity was founded by twelve men in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. Influenced by the times and by people and organizations such as the Black Panthers, SNCC, Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael. Iota brothers participated in various protests and sit-ins throughout the city of Baltimore. The founders of the fraternity were themselves not of the norm as they were all non-traditional students. They were older than their peers with many of them having served in the military, working full-time while attending classes, and having families. On September 19, 1963, in the height of the Civil Rights' Movement, these twelve founders gathered together on the steps of Hertz Gymnasium on the campus of Morgan State College (now known as Morgan State University) and formed Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. The fraternity was formed as a support system for men of color living during the turbulent social climate of the U.S. at the time. Martin Luther King is perhaps most famous for his I Have a Dream speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom This article is about the civil rights movement following the Brown v. ... The Black Panther Party (originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African American organization founded to promote civil rights and self-defense. ... The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (or SNCC, pronounced snick) was one of the principle organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. ... Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, also known as Detroit Red and Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Omaha, Nebraska, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965 in New York City) was a Muslim Minister and National Spokesman for the Nation of Islam. ... Stokely Standiford Churchill Carmichael (June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998), also known as Kwame Ture, was a Trinidadian-American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. ...

Since its founding date, Iota Phi Theta has continued to grow and has become the fifth-largest predominantly black organization in the United States. As of now, there are over 35,000 members in the United States and overseas. Part of Iota Phi Theta's appeal is that, as an organization, it refuses to have its members bind themselves to a certain fraternal image while celebrating the individuality of its members. More importantly, its members continue to build upon the fraternity's commitment to success and excellence with their individual and collective achievements in various fields such as: politics, education, law, business, medicine, performing arts. The brothers strive to uphold its five principles: Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity and Brotherhood.

The fraternity is a member of both the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), an umbrella organization comprised of nine (9) International Historically African-American Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities and the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Not to be confused with National Panhellenic Conference. ... The North-American Interfraternity Conference (or NIC), (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) is an association of collegiate mens fraternities that was formally organized in 1910, although it began on November 27, 1909. ...

Iota Phi Theta has a similar, non-Greek "little sister" organization known as the Iota Sweethearts. Iota Sweethearts are Nationally known throughout the fraternity. Founded by Audrey S. Brooks in 1964, one year later than the fraternity itself, the goal and incentives of the Iota Sweethearts is to assist, support, and market the brothers of the fraternity. Iota sweethearts do not participate in a membership intake process.


  • Albert Hicks
  • Lonnie Spruill, Jr.
  • Charles Briscoe
  • Frank Coakley
  • John Slade
  • Barron Willis
  • Webster Lewis
  • Charles Brown
  • Louis Hudnell
  • Charles Gregory
  • Elias Dorsey, Jr.
  • Michael Williams

National Programs [1]

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. takes pride in its continued effort of facilitating and partaking in various community service events and initiatives throughout various communities, especially those that are disenfranchised.

  • The National Iota Foundation - 501(c)3 non-profit organization utilized to obtain funding for charitable causes and philanthropic programming.
  • The I.O.T.A. Youth Alliance - Youth Mentoring Program
  • The Digital Heritage Initiative - African-American History Education Initiative.
  • The Afya (aah-fee-yah) Njema (j-ma) Program - Physical/Mental/Spiritual Health program.
  • The Developing Better Fatherhood Project - Initiative to combat the issue of the retention of fathers in the lives of their children.
  • The IOTA Political Mobilization Campaign - Political Action, Political Education, Voter Mobilization Program.
  • Community Reclamation Initiative - Program to address the breakdown of the African-American community.
  • Cultural Education Movement - Initiative to promote the historical value and the contributions of the African and African-American cultures to the world-at-large.

A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ...

Notable Members [2]


  • Raymond Grady: President & CEO, Evanston Hospital, Evanston Illinois
  • Zemira Jones: Vice-President of Operations, Radio One, Inc.
  • Earl King: Vice President/Investment Center Manager, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Kevin Lofton: President and CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Shelley Stewart: Vice President, Supply Chain, Tyco Corporation
  • Joseph Williams: President & CEO, Hibernia Southcoast Capital, New Orleans, LA
  • Ed Wood: Senior Vice President, Liberty Bank & Trust, New Orleans, LA
  • David A. Jackson, Vice President, Southern Division, One Economy Corporation

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Politics and Government

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  • Dr. Brian K. Johnson http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/president/: President, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
  • Sterling Hudson, III: Dean of Admissions, Morehouse College
  • Dr. J. Keith Motley: Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Dr. Steven Ray: Associate Professor of African American Studies; Director, Urban Theological Institute, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
  • Dr. Michael Toney: Director, Student Programs & Assessment, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Robert Flot: Associate Dean of Students, Lake Forest College
  • David A. Jackson: Adjunct Professor, Institute for Urban and Global Economic Development, Beulah Heights University, Atlanta
  • Shaggy Flores: Nuyorican Writer, Poet, African Diaspora Scholar Virginia State University

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  • Elvin Hayes: NBA Hall of Fame
  • Chidi Iwuoma: former Defensive Back, Pittsburgh Steelers. Super Bowl Champion
  • Dave Leitao: Head Basketball Coach, University of Virginia
  • Melvin Lister: 2000 and 2004 Olympic Team, Long Jump / Triple Jump
  • Calvin Murphy: NBA Hall-of-Fame
  • Kirby Wilson: Assistant (Running Backs) Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tommie Frazier: Quarterback, University of Nebraska. Arguably one of the greatest college football players of all time. 2-time consensus National Champion 1994-1995 Led the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers who were voted the best College team of all-time by ESPN.com. Individually, he is ranked #33 on the Top Greatest College Football Players of All-Time (CollegeFootballNews.com)

Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Chidi Iwuoma (born February 19, 1978 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football cornerback, most recently played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. He played for the Detroit Lions during the 2001 season, and began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2002 season. ... Dave Leitao (May 18, 1960 – ) is the 10th and current University of Virginia Cavaliers mens basketball coach. ... The University of Virginia (also called U.Va. ... Calvin Murphy (born May 9, 1948, in Norwalk, Connecticut) is a retired American professional basketball player who played as a guard for the NBAs Houston Rockets from 1970-1983. ... Kirby Wilson (born August 24, 1961 in Los Angeles) is a running backs coach for the National Football League Arizona Cardinals. ... Tommie Frazier (born on July 16, 1974, in Bradenton, Florida) is a former NCAA football quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. ...

Media and Entertainment

Terrence Carson, also known as T. C. Carson (born November 19, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA), is an African-American film and television actor. ... Spencer Christian (born on July 23, 1947 in Charles City, Virginia) is an American television broadcaster, best known as the former weather forecaster for ABCs Good Morning America from 1986 to 1998. ... Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network. ... Mike City (born Michael Flowers in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and founder and CEO of Unsung Entertainment, Inc. ... Harlem Nights is a comedy-drama / Mobster film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. ... George Verdell Nock (born March 4, 1946 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American football running back in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets. ... Bad Boys II is a 2003 action comedy film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ... This article is about the 2006 film by Spike Lee starring Denzel Washington. ... This article is about the original television series. ...

External links


  1. <cite id="endnote_<service>" style="font-style: normal;">^  Iota Phi Theta Service Initiatives
  2. <cite id="endnote_<notable>" style="font-style: normal;">^  Iota Phi Theta Notable Iota Men
  • Ross, Lawrence, Jr. "The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities", 2000

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