The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.


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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 and vital history of brotherhood, sisterhood, and service.

Today, America’s nine black fraternities and sororities are almost three million members strong with chapters at major universities and colleges, including Stanford University, Howard University, and University of Chicago.

This revised and updated edition includes details highlighting the Centennial celebrations for both Alpha Phi Alpa and Alpha Kappa Alpha; updated photographs; new statistics; celebrity interviews, a new foreword, and much more.

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

Fully Illustrated With Fascinating Photographs!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496728876
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 175,857
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Lawrence C. Ross, Jr. attended the University of California at Berkeley, and has been a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for over fifteen years. He currently works as a reporter for the Los Angeles Independent Newspapers, and his work has appeared in more than 200 African American newspapers. He lives with his wife April, and their son Langston in Los Angeles, California.

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The Divine Nine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written and informative book. This book has helped me make a decision that will become part of my life forever. Anyone looking to join a historically black fraternity or sorority should read this book! Take time to research whatever decision you plan to make.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provides a nice look at all Divine 9 orgs. Refer to the national websites and members for further study.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I bought this book, I haven't been able to put it down.If you want more info on black greek life, this is the book you need!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really helps future pledges and people who dont have a good understanding of black greek life. I think this is a wonderful read for anyone who is considering pledging!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book while I was pursuing my sorority and I can't tell you how much it helped me. I learned a lot of things in Divine Nine that not only sealed my dedication to my organization, but it has given all African-Americans whom are members of these organizations a sense of pride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The The history of African American Fraternities and sororities 'The Divine Nine' is the book I been look for to read and I just got the book Wednesday 26,2002 @ 10:45pm and I stay up all night reading Chapter 1 'alpha', Chapter 6 'aka' ,them was the best two chapter I have read in of long time so now I am reading about the 'kappa,Dst' to night.. I will like to tell Mr. lawrence C. Ross thank you for puting this information about African American Fraternities and that have not been published for the general public.. and if anybody have any other book about frat And soror hit up my email and tell me that you.......