In this Black History Month Moment, I would love to take a few minutes to recognize and give a huge shout out, skee wee, ee-i-kee, ee-yip, and do a Zeta stroll in honor of the four Divine Nine sororities!

FAMOUS “DIVINE NINE” SORORITY AND FRATERNITY MEMBERS

Historically Black Sororities and Fraternities in America were founded in a span of 57 years (1906-1963) during harsh times of racial inequities with “the goal to uplift and educate Black Americans attending colleges and universities.” (Source: yesprep.org.) Memberships in these Greek groups are exclusive and selective. Members can often be found volunteering in their communities, participating in Step Shows, and various forms of public service.

One of my great-aunts is still an Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) and one of my deceased great-aunts was a Zeta. My grandparents met when they were college students at TSU, a historically Black college/university (HBCU) in Nashville, TN.

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Some Famous Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha: Founded 1908, Howard University

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Divine 9 Black History Month HBCU
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  • Vice-President Kamala Harris
  • Bernice King
  • Loretta Devine
  • Phylicia Rashad
  • Roxie Roker
  • Star Jones
  • Suzanne Malveaux
  • Toni Morrison
  • Wanda Sykes
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Some Famous Members of Delta Sigma Theta: Founded 1913, Howard University

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  • Johnetta Cole
  • Keisha Knight-Pulliam
  • Keisha Lance-Bottoms
  • Lena Horne
  • Loretta Lynch
  • Marcia Fudge
  • Natalie Cole
  • Shirley Chisholm
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Some Famous Members of Sigma Gamma Rho: Founded 1922, Butler University

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority HBCU Black History Month
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  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Martha Reeves
  • MC Lyte
  • Victoria Rowell
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Some Famous Members of Zeta Phi Beta: Founded 1920, Howard University

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority HBCU Black History Month
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  • Anita Hill
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Ja’net Dubois
  • Sheryl Underwood
  • Vivica A. Fox
  • Zora Neale Hurston

 

 

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