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, members of these organizations share a proud tradition 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 the University of Chicago.
This extensive yet 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496728876
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 1,146,108
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Lawrence Ross has been an author, writer, commentator, and lecturer on African American topics for the past twenty years. The author of seven books, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities and Blackballed: The Black & White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses, were the first books written about black fraternal organizations and campus racism, respectively. One of the most popular college lecturers in the country, Ross has appeared at over 700 colleges, universities, and conferences. He’s also the owner of The Metaphor Club (, a creative co-working space in Los Angeles. Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife April, and their son Langston, and is a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. To contact Lawrence Ross, please visit or email him at

Table of Contents

1The Fraternities
Chapter IAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.3
Chapter IIKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.45
Chapter IIIOmega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.73
Chapter IVPhi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.101
Chapter VIota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.132
2The Sororities
Chapter VIAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.163
Chapter VIIDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.213
Chapter VIIIZeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.243
Chapter IXSigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.275
Chapter XThe Achievers Talk311
4General Information
Chapter XIThe National Pan-Hellenic Council423
Chapter XIIMembership Information431
Three Traditional Poems of the Fraternal Movement448

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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.......