The nine African American sororities and fraternities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council also affectionately become known as the ‘Divine Nine,’ include Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta. Outside of the wild parties and hazing scandals, these organizations are also known for their contributions to their communities and the country. Many African American leaders are proud members of one of the Divine Nine fraternities or sororities. Today, there are some that argue that these organizations have lost their relevance, as their political activism and community involvement is diminishing and their reputations are sullied with numerous media scandals. Go to diverseeducation.com, to check out Peal Stewart’s “Black Fraternities, Sororities Face Challenge of Being in Step With Today’s Issues, an interesting article on this topic.
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July 18, 2012