The Divine Nine: The History of African American

The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities National Bestseller America s black fraternities and sororities are a unique and vital part of th century African American history, providing young black achievers with opportunities to support each other while they serve their communities and the nationFrom pioneering work in the suffragette movement to extraordinary strides during the Civil Rights era to life changing inner city mentoring programs in the s, members of these organizations share a proud and vital history of brotherhood, sisterhood, and serviceToday, 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 ChicagoThis 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 muchIncludes Interviews With Famous Members Of The Divine Nine From John H Johnson and Dr Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant to Star Jones and Shaquille O NealPlus Inspiring Profiles Of Other Famous Members From Langston Hughes and Ella Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison and Colin PowellFully Illustrated With Fascinating Photographs It provides a great knowledge on the Africian American Greek System They go thru the history, challenges, service and mention notable members. The Divine Nine The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C Ross Jr Kensington Publishing Corp 2000 371.85 This volume focuses on the histories and ideals of the African American fraternities and sororities whose members self identify as being members of one of The Divine Nine The volume never makes clear whether there are any other black Greek fraternal organizations in addition to these nine The Divine Nine consists of five fraternities and four sor The Divine Nine The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C Ross Jr Kensington Publishing Corp 2000 371.85 This volume focuses on the histories and ideals of the African American fraternities and sororities whose members self identify as being members of one of The Divine Nine The volume never makes clear whether there are any other black Greek fraternal organizations in addition to these nine The Divine Nine consists of five fraternities and four sororities Each of these organizations provided information to the author about what sets their group apart and what makes them unique and special What follows is a list of the names of the Divine Nine as well as what each organization reported to be their common call among members and their organization s symbol In the order in which they are listed by the author, here are the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities with the five fraternities listed first Alpha Kappa Alpha, common calls A PHI or Ice Ice Baby, symbol Alpha Ape Kappa Alpha Psi, common call Yo Yo , symbol Playboy bunny symbol Omega Psi Phi, common call is a dog s bark , symbol any fierce dog Phi Beta Sigma, common call Blue Phi , symbol blue and white striped cane Iota Phi Theta, common call OW OW , symbol centaur Alpha Kappa Alpha, common call Skee Wee , symbol is pearls and ivy Delta Sigma Theta, common call OOO OOP , symbol is elephant with upraised trunk Zeta Phi Beta, common call EE I KEE , symbol is a dove andSigma Gamma Rho, common call EE YIP , symbol is a French toy poodle This is interesting stuff which I knew very little about My rating 7 10, finished 3 27 15 This was like the must read in college hahabecause everyone wanted to join a sorority But it was informative and really helped me understand what the sororities were really aboutand it wasn t just what I was seeing on campus I have mixed feelings about this one I liked how the book provided background and history about each organization I did not like the format of the book It went from background history, to interviews with current chapters, back to history Too much jumping around for me I couldn t follow it I didn t read it in its entirety Instead, I found ituseful to jump around and read the history of each organization, then flip through stories about the famous people from each organization I m in I have mixed feelings about this one I liked how the book provided background and history about each organization I did not like the format of the book It went from background history, to interviews with current chapters, back to history Too much jumping around for me I couldn t follow it I didn t read it in its entirety Instead, I found ituseful to jump around and read the history of each organization, then flip through stories about the famous people from each organization I m interested in pledging so I found it useful to have background information about each organization in one book But I could have done without everything else Lawrence C Ross writes a one volume history of the nine African American fraternities and sororities of the National Pan Hellenic Council also known as the Divine Nine to bundle each organization s histories together for the first time for new readers This work includes Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta Each chapter begins with a brief descriptive history of a single organ Lawrence C Ross writes a one volume history of the nine African American fraternities and sororities of the National Pan Hellenic Council also known as the Divine Nine to bundle each organization s histories together for the first time for new readers This work includes Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta Each chapter begins with a brief descriptive history of a single organization and it is followed by interviews with prominent alumni Two sections include a variety of black and white photographs of fraternity and sorority events While some readers might be frustrated that the book s chapters and contents are not organized to read like a continuous narrative, other readers should find this book a helpful single volume reference source and an introduction to the general histories of each organization So interesting to learn of the origins, traditions, and contributions made by these fraternal organizations They are dedicated not only to the advancement of their individual members, but to their communities, the environment, and humanity Their membership rolls read like a Who s Who in every field Many were interviewed and featured in this book Each testified to the gains they received as members and their dedication to pay it forward for future generations. I wish there would have beeninformation about the Black fraternal movement generally, and also about why the organizations do the things they do e.g., rationale behind their intake process, why they call new member classes lines, etc But, maybe that s not for outside minds to know Lawrence Ross is an incredible author and I appreciate his commitment to furthering knowledge about this topic. As a member of one of the D9 sororities Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc , I found this book to be an insightful and unbiased resource for those interested in the historical perspective behind the Black Greek Letter Organizations. excellent textbook with a great deal of interesting information.


About the Author: Lawrence C. Ross

Lawrence Ross attended both the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor s degree in History Ross also has a Master of Fine Arts MFA degree in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.Ross began his writing career in the mid 1990s as the managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine, the west coast s first hip hop magazine He d then move to the Los Angeles Independent newspapers, where as a reporter, he covered city government and community issues in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Culver City, and West Hollywood.Ross s first book, The Divine Nine The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, was published by Kensington Books in 2000 The first book written about all nine African American fraternities and sororities, the Divine Nine is a Los Angeles Times, and Essence magazine best seller As a result, Ross has lectured at over 500 colleges and universities, speaking on issues of fraternalism, student development, and fraternity and sorority hazing He s written commentaries, and has been interviewed, by The Root, The Grio, Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Atlanta Journal Constitution, MSNBC, CNN, and other publications.In 2001, Ross second book, The Ways of Black Folks A Year in the Life of a People was selected as a Fall Must Read by the National Association of Black Journalists The Ways of Black Folks chronicled Ross travels to England, France, Ghana, Brazil, Jamaica, and Canada, as he searched for the commonalities in the African diaspora experience His two novels, Friends With Benefits and Skin Game, were both chosen by Doubleday s Black Expressions Book Club And Ross fifth book, Money Shot The Wild Nights and Lonely Days in the Black Porn Industry was published by Running Press, and is the first book written about African Americans in the adult film industry.In early 2016, Ross s sixth book, Blackballed The Black White Politics of Race on America s Campuses is being published by St Martin s Press Blackballed explores the present and historical issues of racism on hundreds of American college campuses, and how that ties into today s BlackLivesMatter campaign.Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife, April, and their son Langston.


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