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Black Fraternity Inducts Bill Clinton


A historically African-American fraternity has inducted former U.S. president Bill Clinton as an honorary member.

Phi Beta Sigma, an organization of college students and professional men, welcomed the former president into its ranks at their 95th anniversary conclave in New Orleans, in the southern state of Louisiana.

Paul Griffin, the organization's president, said it was a "high privilege" to welcome Mr. Clinton "into our wondrous band."

The organization cited Mr. Clinton's work with his foundation since leaving the presidency, saying it "makes a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world." They said his work was in lines with the goals and initiatives of Phi Beta Sigma.

Phi Beta Sigma was founded in 1914 at Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, DC. It has counted among its ranks former African presidents such as Ghana's Kwame Nkruma, Nigeria's Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Liberia's William Tolbert.

A number of prominent African-Americans have also been members, including the former head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People James Weldon Johnson and scientist George Washington Carver.

Phi Beta Sigma currently has more than 150,000 members around the world.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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