Little Known Black History Fact: National Pan-Hellenic Council

Dismiss

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. was founded on this day in 1930. The organization, also known as the “Divine Nine,” is composed of nine international Greek letter sororities and fraternities.

The council was founded at Howard University with the charter member groups Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta sororities.

In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities joined and in 1937, Sigma Gamma Rho sorority became part of the council. In 1995, the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council was officially charted by the NPHC, becoming the first international council outside the United States to be recognized as a member. Completing the nine member council was the Iota Phi Theta fraternity in 1997.

In his 2001 book, Lawrence Ross, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, is credited with coining the phrase “divine nine” after releasing, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities. 

The council’s mission is as stated: “unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter sororities and fraternities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.”

In the same year the council completed its nine-member council, it was incorporated in the state of Illinois.

READ MORE STORIES ON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM:

GET THE HOTTEST STORIES STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX: 

The Ten Most Interesting Little Known Black History Facts
10 photos

 

Add Your Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s