The Divine 9
The Divine Nine, also known as the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), is a collaborative organization consisting of nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. These organizations were founded on college and university campuses across the United States during the early 20th century, primarily to provide support, mentorship, and leadership opportunities for African American students.
Each organization has its unique values, purposes, and traditions but all share a commitment to community service, academic excellence, and social justice. They engage in various philanthropic activities, mentorship programs, and leadership development initiatives both on and off college campuses.
The Divine Nine plays a significant role in the African American community, fostering unity, empowerment, and cultural pride. Members of these organizations often form lifelong bonds and contribute to their communities long after their college years.
The nine member organizations of the Divine Nine are:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Founded 1906 | Cornell University
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Founded 1911 | Indiana University
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Founded 1913 | Howard University
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Founded 1920 | Howard University
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity
Founded 1963 | Morgan State University
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
– Martin Luther King Jr
Alpha Phi Alpha member
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