Gamma Psi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., will celebrate Founders Day beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St.

Gamma Psi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and Epsilon Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., will celebrate Founders Day beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W. Pullen St.

The theme for the occasion is “Celebrating the Past While Embracing the Future.”

A long history of service and volunteerism continues to be prevalent among the members of the fraternity and the sorority. The organizations are unique historically because they are constitutionally bound. Through this joint observance of Founders Day, the two groups continue to demonstrate the sisterly and brotherly love that embrace a genuine and deep regard for the well-being and success of others.

The program’s focus will be on volunteerism that will inspire continuous positive actions in the community that foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, cultural activities and promote legislation for social and civic change. During the program, members from each chapter, collegiate and graduate, will highlight their volunteer efforts and upcoming service events. Special recognitions and contributions will be presented to two youth organizations in honor of the late Booker Williams, the late Velma Dalton-Gilbert and the late Vivian Mathews-Kelley for their loyal and dedicated services to the youth of the community.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., was founded Jan. 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three African-American male students. Phi Beta Sigma consists of college and professional men dedicated to enhancing great minds and promoting systematic fellowship, justice, equal rights, and service to America’s communities. The fraternity has a membership of over 150,000 with over 650 chapters throughout the continental United States, Switzerland, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Africa. The youth club affiliate of the fraternity is the Sigma Beta Club. Jimmy Hammock, Arkansas native, is the international president of Phi Beta Sigma Inc. Herman Horace is the president of Gamma Psi Sigma, the local chapter. Zackary Erkins is president of Beta Theta, the undergraduate chapter at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., was organized at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 1920, as a result of encouragement given to the five founders by members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. It was the idea of the founders that the sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the ideas of finer womanhood, scholarship, service, and sisterly love. More than 600 collegiate and graduate chapters are divided into nine regions in the United States, Nassau, Bahamas, Africa and Germany. Affiliations of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. include the Amicae Auxiliary, (Friends of Zeta), Archonettes Club, Amicettes and Pearlettes, the youth organizations of the sorority. The international president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., is Sheryl, P. Underwood, an Arkansas native. Underwood recently joined the cast of the CBS hit show “The Talk”.

Juanita Kimbell Cook is president of the local chapter. Courtney Williams is president of the undergraduate chapter, Beta Beta, on the campus of UAPB, and Anastasia Duff is the president of Kappa Eta Chapter at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Founders Day Committee members are Peggy Evans, Mattie Glover, Shirley Bruce, Florentine Humphrey, Joan Crater, JoAnn Stinson, Bobbie Bridges, Evelyn Hildreth, Cicely Ticey, Herman Horace and David Evans.

The public is invited to attend.