On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Brother Marzettis A. O’Neal, Jr. presented to Brother Kevin L. Maxwell the proposition of beginning a new chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity in High Point, NC. At the time of the conversation, there was not a Sigma Chapter in that particular city. As educators, the two saw a definite need for strong African American male presence in the area. After their initial conversation, Brother O’Neal contacted Brother Kelly Woodley, the State Director for North Carolina about the possibility of chartering an alumni chapter in High Point. Brother Woodley advised Brothers O’Neal and Maxwell to discuss their desire and vision for this new chapter with Notable Brother Duane D. Lewis, the Southeastern Region First Vice- President. Brother Lewis shared with Brothers O’Neal and Maxwell, though a fantastic idea to extend the cause of Sigma, it may be detrimental to attempt to begin a new chapter in the same county (Guilford) where there was already an active Alumni Chapter. After much consideration and research, Brothers O’Neal and Maxwell, inquired about Davidson County as a possibility. There was not a Sigma presence in this county.
After considering what was learned, the focus of these brothers shifted from the hypothetical to trying to make this possibility a reality. The two brothers began looking more closely at the Davidson County communities, including Lexington and Thomasville. Brother O’Neal had family living in Lexington, NC and he attended church Thomasville, NC. Brothers Maxwell and O’Neal began to acknowledge that Davidson County may be the ideal area to benefit from the presence of Sigma. The two considered the impact that their beloved Fraternity could have in the Davidson County community if given the opportunity.
Realizing the task of chartering a new chapter was massive, Brothers O’ Neal and Maxwell enlisted the assistance and commitment of their Sigma Brothers locally and in surrounding areas. Among those brothers were: Marzettis O’Neal Sr, Thomas O’Neal, Carlos O’Neal, Edward Rashad Beard, Damien Hammie, Orlando Perry, Courtney Owens and Jamar Smith. On February 21, 2021, this quorum of brothers met to discuss the opportunity of chartering a chapter in Davidson County. After much discussion and excitement, these ten brothers decided to pursue chartering a chapter in Davidson County. On March 3, 2021, an official proposal was made to the Regional Director, Notable Brother Dr. Lawrence Rouse. On March 4, 2021, Dr. Rouse called an emergency meeting with these “chartering” members to discuss additional expectations and requirements for chartering a chapter. It was also suggested that the brothers work closely with an active alumni chapter to learn as much as possible about the organizational structure of Alumni chapters. The brothers began working with Gamma Beta Sigma Chapter in Greensboro, NC and Sigma Upsilon Sigma in Whiteville, NC. On June 14, 2021, the chartering application was presented to the Southeastern Regional board.
On July 25, 2021, the ten brothers who began with a dream and determination received notification that their application for the chapter had been approved. They were officially The Tau Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Davidson County. Brother Marzettis A. O’Neal, Jr would serve as the chapter’s first president. Brother Edward Rashad Beard would serve in dual roles as the chapter’s first Vice-President and Treasurer. Brother Kevin L. Maxwell became the chapter’s first recording and financial secretary. Brother Jamar Smith served as the chapter’s Chaplain and Parliamentarian. The chapter held it’s first OFFICIAL meeting on Sunday, August 29, 2021. It was during this meeting that the chapter received it’s first transfer members. Brothers Duane D. Lewis, Dr. Craig Fletcher, William Graham, Daren Arrington, Vendell Brooks and Darryl Leflore were welcomed into Tau Epsilon Sigma Chapter. Tau Epsilon Sigma is blazing trails in Davidson County.