Phi Beta Fraternity held its first Conclave in the Deep South in Atlanta, Georgia, December 27th-31st, 1921. Zeta Chapter at Morris Brown College, the first Greek-Lettered Organization for Blacks to be established in the Deep South, served as host to the Conclave. In the early 1920’s, Rho Sigma Chapter was the only Sigma chapter in the State of Florida and the only fraternity in Miami. As of January 16th, 1983, the newest chapter of Sigma in the State of Florida, was Theta Rho Sigma, located in Metropolitan Dade County.
The genesis of Theta Rho Sigma Chapter was in the traditional high growth rate and the large geographical distance of its membership in the Greater Miami area. The idea for a new Sigma Chapter was born. Brother Burke Jones, Sr. presented to Brother Wilkes J.S. Kemp, Sr. and Brother Arthur Young, Sr. the idea of establishing a new chapter that would be available to, but not limited to the brothers in the South Miami area.
Brothers Kemp and Young were in concurrence with Brother Jones. Brother Earl Davis, the immediate past Vice Regional Director, who had experience in the organization of new chapters throughout the region, was presented with the idea and asked to assist as one of the founders in establishing the new chapter. Thus, Theta Rho Sigma became a reality
And so it was, the four founders were Brothers Burke Jones, Sr., Wilkes J.S. Kemp, Sr., Arthur J Young, Sr., and Earl Davis. The charter members were S. Daniel Mobley, Johnny Hutto, Albert D Moore, Jr., Jimmy Montgomery, Willie Spells, Jerome O’Neal and J.D. Shingles. The first election of Theta Rho Sigma’s officers was held on November 13th, 1982. The following brothers were elected to office. President – Arthur J. Young, Sr., First Vice President – S. Daniel Mobley, Second Vice President – Johnny Hutto, Recording Secretary – Jimmy Montgomery, Financial Secretary – Jerome O’Neal, Treasurer – Wilkes J.S. Kemp,Sr., Parliamentarian – George Davis, Chaplain – Rev. Charles Walker, Sergeant-at-Arms – James Smith – . Brother Albert D. Moore was appointed Dean of Pledges and Brother Earl Davis was appointed Chapter Advisor.
On January 16th, 1983, Theta Rho Sigma Chapter became a living reality with the four founding brothers and the seven charter members.