And It’s Founders

We have all heard of the NPHC right? But for those of you who haven’t I will be giving a brief history of it and its founder the “Divine Nine”. The agenda of this speech is to inform you of the NPHC,   how its founder came together, and who are the founders.

First, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as the NPHC, is an organization collaborated of nine historic African American greek letter Fraternities and Sororities. The organizations are simply known collectively as the “Divine Nine”. On May 10, 1930 the NPHC was formed as a permanent organization on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Even though it was formed in Washington the NPHC was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1937. The NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives various activities and functions.

          Established in an age when racial segregation and disenfranchisement plagued African Americans, the rise of each fraternity and sorority that makes up the NPHC, bore witness to the fact that despite hardship African Americans refused to accede to a status of inferiority. “Unanimity of thoughts and actions as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organization.” this is the stated purpose and mission written in 1930. This statement was written by the first five fraternities and sororities that came together on the night of May 10.

The five founders of the NPHC were: Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta, the others didn’t join until years later. Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma both joined in 1931 and Sigma Gamma Rho in 1937. The council was completed in 1997 when the fraternity of Iota Phi Theta was organized. In 1992, the first permanent...