The establishment of the Western Region of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., initially created soon after Herbert L. Stevens was initiated into our wondrous band. Herbert L. Stevens moved to the State of Texas. There, he continued "Our Cause" at Wiley Colllege by chartering the Beta Chapter. Thus the first imprint of Sigma outside of the area of Washington D.C. was created in Texas, which would become known as the Western Region. Texas was later separated from the Western Region and became the "Lone Star" Region of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Twenty two years later the Western Region as we know it today was started on February 15, 1937 when Bro. William Perry directed a letter to Bro. Jessie W. Lewis, who was Dean of Terrell Law School at the time, requesting information for the chartering of a chapter in Los Angeles, CA. At this time, there were no chapters west of Texas. The movement gained impetus through the form of Bro. Hugh Fisher Lewis, who was Vice President of the Northern District. After careful selection, Bro. Lewis, Perry, Johnson, and Hill invited eleven other men to join as charter members: Fred Baker, George Beavers, Edgar Brown, Cecil Davis, Aaron Douglass, Dee Hodge, William Nickerson, Jr., Granville Norman, E. M. Porter, Clarence Smith, and Oscar Stokes.
The officers elected to serve the new chapter were: Bro. William Perry, President; Bro. Clarence Smith, Vice-President; Bro. Dee Hodge. Secretary; Bro. Everette M. Porter, Treasurer. Bro. James Weldon Johnson, celebrated poet, author, and professor of creative literature, was the National President at the time of the chartering of the chapter. He wrote a letter to Bro. Perry congratulating him for his efforts in chartering a Sigma chapter west of the state Texas.
Today the Western Region led by our 33rd Regional Director, Bro. Mark Armstrong, has blossomed into the largest region in the fraternity and has chartered over 29 alumni chapters and 34 collegiate chapters to date. We exist as consortium of positive and professional military and civilian men determined to continue our rich and historic legacy of providing the best in service through our programatic thrusts of Bigger and Better Business, Education, and Social Action. Dedicated to the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service, it is our desire to provide the communities within our Region with impactful and meaningful service.