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The Impact of Divine Nine Sororities and Fraternities

By: Laila Westcott

The Inter-Cultural Greek Council [Photograph]. James Madison University.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded on May 10, 1930, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. This council consists of nine historically black Greek-letter organizations that offer the African American community brotherhood/sisterhood, support and guidance.

The sororities included in The NPHC are Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. The fraternities are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated.

These organizations were founded to promote scholarship, belonging, leadership development, personal development, and commitment to servicing the community. Members consistently attend study groups, mentorship programs, and community service events. Members are highly encouraged to support each other, excel at their universities, and excel in their careers as everlasting pipelines of educated leaders and professionals are created.

There are some prominent celebrity members of these organizations that some people may know: K.Michelle (Delta Sigma Theta), Kamala Harris (Alpha Kappa Alpha), Thurgood Marshall (Alpha Phi Alpha), Steve Harvey (Omega Psi Phi), Sherly Underwood (Zeta Phi Beta) and MC Lyte (Sigma Gamma Rho). These members have gone on to do some amazing things and be highly successful while still showcasing their love for their organizations.

On James Madison University’s campus, these organizations are involved in amazing work throughout the community. From prom dress drives to help teenagers in high school, voter registration drives, and senior citizen volunteering programs. As these organizations continue their dedication to service, scholarship, and leadership, the Divine Nine legacy will remain a light of inspiration for generations while promoting positive change.

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