MALIK (fraternity)

FoundedMay 13, 1977; 46 years ago (1977-05-13)
720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548, C.W. Post College of LIU
TypeMulticultural Organization
EmphasisBlack, Brown, & Latino empowerment
ScopeNational with international scope & footholds
Motto"The Mind Is The Standard Of The Man"
PillarsManhood, Achievement, Leadership, Integrity, & Knowledge
Colors Orange  and  Black 
SymbolThe Angry Afrikan
PublicationThe Crown
PhilanthropyThe MALIK Foundation
Chapters[Referred to as] Kingdoms [a]
  • Undergraduate: 16
  • Graduate: 8
  • Villages: 4
NicknameThe Kings; The Steel and Velvet Brothers
National Stroll TeamTeam H.A.L.O

MALIK Fraternity, Inc., previously known as "MALIK Sigma Psi" or “MΣΨ”,[2][3] is a intercollegiate fraternity founded on May 13, 1977, at CW Post College of Long Island University for men of color.[4] Rather than refer to themselves as being black Greeks, they use the term "Afrikan Fraternalists".[5] Though mainly aimed towards Black, Brown, and Latino men, MALIK Fraternity, Inc. has members of all races, ethnicities, and creeds.

African Fraternalism includes such beliefs as the African origin of civilization, reclaiming the stolen legacy of African knowledge, the oneness of all African peoples, the importance of ritual and initiation, the value of a male ritual kinship system, respect for and seeking equal partnership with women, the reception and cultivation of the Spirit of Learning, the necessity of serving the community, the calling to work on one's personal and spiritual development, the study and promotion of "MALIKology" and African symbology, and the usage of African symbolism.

MALIKology is the Fraternity's interpretation of the "science of manhood." The acronym MALIK is represented as Manhood, Achievement, Leadership, Integrity, and Knowledge. It is a synthesis of science, history, philosophy, and cultural values and practices from the African Diaspora about the nature, purpose, direction, function, and responsibility of manhood.[4] The group's name partially comes from the Arabic name of Malcolm X.[4] The group had originally used an entirely Swahili and Arabic name but was forced to change it because of the college requirements in New York that all fraternities have at least two Greek letters in its name.[4] The fraternity was founded by 15 men of color.[6] Several of the Founders of the fraternity were of Latino ancestry.[4] MALIK Fraternity, Inc was founded as, and still is, a social justice fraternity.[7]

Ideologically, the fraternity is against the idea of black Greeks.[8] The group is outside of the National Pan Hellenic Council.[9] In October 2023, MALIK Fraternity, Inc. joined the National Multicultural Greek Council to better fit the fraternity's vision of multiculturalism.[10]

  1. ^ Organizes Kingdoms in accordance to the Arabic alphabet as opposed to Greek letters


Roland K. Hawkins, Larry B. Martin, Darryl L. Mitchell were the inspiration behind the founding of the fraternity and thus known as Khalifas, however the shapers of the brotherhood were: SC. James Banks, SC. Joseph Diaz Jr., SC. Edward Harris, SC. Ernest Heyward, SC. Lethorne Johnson, SC. George Lembrecht, SC. Kyle Little, SC. Anthony Pitts, SC. Edward Rivers, SC. Kevin Simon, SC. Bryant Stafford, SC. Al Washington.

It was the three Khalifahs that originated the concept of the fraternity. In its initial state, the values of the fraternity can be defined as "S.N.A.K.E.": Success, Nobility, Achievement, Knowledge, and Enlightenment. These values attracted 12 more men who would be later known as the Sir Crowns of MALIK Sigma Psi. The Crowns are called so as a symbol; every king has a crown. Together these 15 men created the MALIK Sigma Psi on May 18, 1977. This is why the Khalifahs have a special distinction. Although a fraternity, the Founders set the precedence of being very open with information, symbols, and knowledge. It was their belief that their communities have had an absence of awareness for so long that they could not afford to withhold valuable information from the masses. This represents a major departure from the very secretive nature of traditional fraternalism.[11]


Members include Gil Noble,[12] and Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan[13][verification needed], Richie Perez[4] Reverend Herbert Daughtry, and Pablo Guzman.[14]


The Fraternity was founded on May 13, 1977[2]

  • 1979 – MALIK Sigma Psi Fraternity is incorporated in the State of New York.
  • 1984 – The first Kingdom is established at a State University of NY (Stony Brook University, The Jeem Kingdom).
  • 1991 – The first Kingdom is established at an historically black college / university (HBCU) (Norfolk State University, The Ha Kingdom).
  • 2002 – On May 18, 2002, MALIK Sigma Psi progresses and transitions its name to a complete African name (MALIK Fraternity, Inc.).[a]
  • 2017 – On April 12, 2017, the first Graduate & Professional Kingdom (referred to as a Shabazz Kingdom) in the South is chartered (Shabazz Ha Kingdom in Charlotte, NC, also referred to as the Charlotte MALIKs).
  • 2017 – On April 25, 2017, the first undergraduate members are inducted from an Ivy League university (Cornell University).
  • 2023 – On October 11, 2023, MALIK Fraternity, Inc. becomes a member of a national council, the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC).
  1. ^ MALIK Fraternity still uses the acronym MSP, though it has a completely separate meaning from MΣΨ


In 2013, the MALIK Foundation, Incorporated was established as an IRC Section 501(c)(3) "to ensure the freedom, resilience and wellness of African and African Diasporic communities..." The Foundation holds an annual fundraising dinner called the Black History Month Gala.[15] The foundation's focus areas are: male youth development, community resilience and leadership development.[16]

Kingdom List[edit]

The Undergraduate Kingdoms (Chapters) of MALIK Fraternity, Inc. are named after the letters in the Arabic Alphabet in the Common hijāʾī order:[17] [a]

No. Kingdom Name School State Chartered Status
1 Genesis Kingdom Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus) New York 1977 Inactive
2 Alif ا Kingdom NY Tech New York 1978 Inactive
3 Ba ب Kingdom Rutgers University New Jersey 1980 Inactive
4 Taa ت Kingdom Hofstra University New York 1981 Inactive
5 Thaa ث Kingdom Adelphi University New York 1982 Inactive
6 Jeem ج Kingdom SUNY Stony Brook New York 1984 Active
7 Ha ح Kingdom Norfolk State University Virginia 1991 Inactive
8 Kha خ Kingdom SUNY Old Westbury New York 1994 Active
9 Dal د Kingdom SUNY Buffalo New York 1994 Inactive
10 Thal ذ Kingdom SUNY Farmingdale New York 1998 Inactive
11 Ra ر Kingdom SUNY New Paltz New York 1999 Active
12 Zay ز Kingdom SUNY Binghamton New York 2003 Active
13 Sin س Kingdom Ramapo College New Jersey 2006 Inactive
14 Shin ش Kingdom SUNY Albany New York 2006 Active
15 Ṣād ص Kingdom City University of New York New York ~ Inactive
16 Daad ض Kingdom Cornell University New York 2017 Active
  1. ^ Many Kingdoms use Egyptian hieroglyphics to identify themselves in addition to the Arabic letters they've been given

Graduate Kingdoms[edit]

Graduate Kingdoms (Shabazz) are named after Locations

No. Kingdom Name Location State Status
1 N.Y.C. Alif ا Shabazz New York City New York Active
2 Newark Ba ب Shabazz Newark New Jersey Active
3 Westchester Taa ت Shabazz Westchester New York Inactive
4 Long Island Thaa ث Shabazz Long Island New York Inactive
5 D.C. Jeem ج Shabazz Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Active
6 Charlotte Ha ح Shabazz Charlotte North Carolina Active
7 Orlando Kha خ Shabazz Orlando Florida Active
8 Atlanta Dal د Shabazz Atlanta Georgia Active

Undergraduate Villages[edit]

Undergraduate chapters are called villages until obtaining a specific amount of members

No. Shabazz Kingdom Name School State Status
1 Provisional Village at Tuskegee University Tuskegee University Alabama Inactive
2 Provisional Village at The University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati Ohio Inactive
3 Provisional Village at The University of Maryland University of Maryland Maryland Inactive
4 Provisional Village at Brooklyn College Brooklyn College New York Inactive

Auxiliary Groups[edit]

  • The Malik Melodies Sweetheart Club[18]

The Malik Melodies Sweetheart Club, later known as Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc. (MMSI), was founded on December 14, 1978, on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University by twenty-four highly motivated women as a social service organization and the official auxiliary Women's group to MALIK Fraternity. In an effort to meet the demands of a new generation facing diverse challenges; the Malik Melodies was reorganized in 1998, becoming an independently run organization and changing their name to Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "English: Brothers of Malik Sigma Psi in apparel, featuring a brother in Snake apparel, the animal that represents MALIK Fraternity". 13 May 1982.
  2. ^ a b History of MAILK Fraternity
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d e f Walter M. Kimbrough (2003). Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-0-8386-3977-1.
  5. ^ Dennis E. Gregory (October 2003). The Administration of Fraternal Organizations on North American Campuses: A Pattern for the New Millennium. College Administration Publications. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-912557-27-4.
  6. ^ Kofi Lomotey (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Education. SAGE Publications. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-4129-4050-4.
  7. ^ "Committee for Social Justice".
  8. ^ Anand Prahlad (1 January 2006). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore: A-F. Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-33036-0.
  9. ^ Tamara L. Brown; Gregory Parks; Clarenda M. Phillips (2005). African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision. University Press of Kentucky. p. 469. ISBN 0-8131-2344-5.
  10. ^ "NMGC - National Multicultural Greek Council » MALIK Fraternity Joins National Multicultural Greek Council". Retrieved 2023-10-23.
  11. ^ "Meet the Crowns | MALIK Fraternity Incorporated | the Mind is the Standard of the Man". Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  12. ^ Johnson Publishing Company (9 April 1981). "Jet". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company: 25. ISSN 0021-5996.
  13. ^ Gerald G. Jackson (2005). We're Not Going to Take It Anymore. Beckham Publications Group, Inc. p. 298. ISBN 978-0-931761-84-3.
  14. ^ "Honorary Members".
  15. ^ "About MALIK Foundation". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  16. ^ "Our Work". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  17. ^ "MALIKfraternity/SheffeyAdmin - Chapters". Archived from the original on 2018-07-27.
  18. ^ "Faqs | MALIK Fraternity, Inc".