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The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities Paperback – January 1, 2001
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From the Back Cover
America's black fraternities and sororities are a unique and vital part of 20th century African American history, providing young black achievers with opportunities to support each other while they serve their communities and the nation.
From pioneering work in the suffragette movement to extraordinary strides during the Civil Rights era to life-changing inner-city mentoring programs in the 1990s, members of these organizations share a proud tradition of brotherhood, sisterhood, and service.
Today, America's nine black fraternities and sororities are two and one-half million members strong with chapters at major universities and colleges, including Stanford University, Howard University, and University of Chicago.
This extensive yet very accessible book celebrates the spirit of excellence shared by African American fraternity and sorority members, both past and present, and is sure to be treasured for generations to come.
INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH FAMOUS MEMBERS OF THE DIVINE NINE --
From John H. Johnson and Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby-Grant to Star Jones and Shaquille O'Neal
PLUS INSPIRING PROFILES OF OTHER FAMOUS MEMBERS --
From Langston Hughes and Ella Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison and Colin Powell
Top Customer Reviews
Lastly, despite being a history book, Mr. Ross falls slightly short in his examination of the early years of surrounding the history of black "Greeks." First, how does Mr. Ross justify including on his list of famous Alpha men a person (Frederick Douglass) who was dead more than ten years before Alpha Phi Alpha was founded? Second (and more importantly), how can you even BEGIN to talk about African-American greek-letter organziations without mentioning (or discussing) the role that Prince Hall freemasonry played in shaping the African-American fraternal movement of the early twentieth century?
All in all this is a good book but a truly thorough analysis of these 9 organizations has yet to be written...
The author is a 15 year member of Alpha Phi Alpha, married to a soror of Delta Sigma Theta and is a journalist who has written for many newpapers. He realized that the history of our organizations is an important part of the history of our people in this country in this century and should be told. The time and effort that he put into compiling the information in the book must have been mammoth.
The book is divided into sections profiling each sorority and fraternity. Each section contains a historical overview, interviews with an undergraduate and a graduate chapter, profiles and lists of prominent members, messages from the national president/basileus/polemarch and pictures dating back to the early years. This is followed by a section entitled Achievers Talk which consists of interviews with members such as Spencer Christian, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, Cynthia Horner, John H. Johnson, Julian Malveaux, Shaquille O'Neal, Tavis Smiley, Faye Wattleton, just to name a few. They each speak about what membership means to them and impart an important message that they feel fraters and sorors should hear. The author follows this section with information from the National Pan Hellenic Council and procedures for those who are seeking membership.
Our organizations could not have done a better public relations job. There are no secrets revealed, just great accomplishments. The recurring theme is our achievements as organizations and those of individual members.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book a good introduction into the organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Do thorough research before joining any such organization. Be sure that you research why you shouldn't just as much as you research why you think you... Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this read! Not only did it give me a better appreciation for my own sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, but for all Black Greek Letter Organizations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer