Sigma Pi Phi fraternity hosts 15th regional meeting in Columbus

The Gamma Psi Boule' will host the southeast regional meeting of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity today through Sunday at the Marriott Hotel in Columbus.

About 400 members are expected from the region, including Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi. Throughout the United States and the Caribbean, the Boule' has more than 5,000 members and 119 chapters.

Founded by African-American men, Sigma Pi Phi is made up of influential and accomplished leaders. Among them are Columbus City Manager Isaiah Hugley, retired businessman Dr. Bob Wright, U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Columbus Councilor Julius Hunter, Solicitor General Ben Richardson and others.

Since 1980, The Boule' Foundation was formed as a philanthropic arm of the Sigma Pi Phi to support educating a new generation of black leaders and working to protect civil rights.