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Myrtle Beach, S.C.-July, 1981

Charles Wright, 35, National March of Dimes Official and former First National Vice President was elected National President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. by the Delegates attending the 65th Anniversary Conclave to lead them, as Sigma builds a bridge into the 1980's.

Mr. Wright is the second youngest member of the 65 year old Black Greek Lettered Collegian Society to achieve this honor and follows in the footsteps of Brother W. Savage who was elected while on a college campus during the beginning of the organization.

After listening to the Honorable Reverend James A. Joesph, Under-Secretary, Department of Interior; the Honorable Parren Mitchell, House of Representatives, Seventh District, Maryland; the Reverend Buster Soaries, New Jersey Leadership Council; and the Honorable Dr. Mabel McClean, President of Barber-Scotia College, North Carolina, the Delegates elected Wright and other national officers which included Dr. Frank Hawkins, Texas Southern University, First National Vice President; Brother Gary Lang, Texas Southern University, Second National Vice President; Charles W. Moore, Atlanta, Georgia, National Treasurer; Carter D. Womack, Akron, Ohio, National Director of Education; Clifton H. Felton, Maryland, National Director of Social Action; James T. Floyd, Greenville, South Carolina, Director of Better Business; Demetrius Newton, Memphis, Tennessee, National Legal Counsel; Gerald Smith, Washington D.C., Executive Secretary and C. Melvin Patrick, New York City, National Director of Publicity.

The sessions honored Miss Carol Simpson, NBC News Network Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., George Wiessman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Phillip Morris Incorporated with their "James Weldon Johnson" and "James Billboard Johnson" Memorial Awards for being perfect examples of persons who have best exemplified the pinnacle in education and business and who could serve as perfect role models for Sigma undergraduates to pattern their life careers after. 

Congresssman Parren Mitchell received the Social Action Award. Sam Belnavis, James Thompson; Milier Brewing COmpany; C. Ray Jackson, Kraft Foods; Herbert Wright; Philip Morris Corp. and Marshall Bass of R. J. Reynolds Industries were recipients of Delegate Magazine Community Service awards.

The Conclave was hosted in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Christmas week, by Alpha Chapter, Howard University; Alpha Sigma, Washington Alumni; Delta Mu, Bowie State College; Epsilon Psi, University of Maryland, College Park; Gamma Lambda, University of D.C.; Theta Tau, Montgomery College and Zeta Chi Sigma, Washington Alumni.

Carol Simpson, Richard Ballard and George Powell

Belnavis, Doar, Washington, Westbury and Powell

Jackson, Dr. Maybelle McLean and Westbury

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