The Divine 9 are historically Black Greek-lettered organizations consisting of five fraternities and four sororities that originated throughout the 1900s and are formally recognized as the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Their names and founding dates are as followed:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington DC
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. founded in 1911, on the campus of Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. founded in 1911, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC
  • Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. founded in 1913, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. founded in 1914, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, founded in 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. founded in 1922 on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. founded in 1963 on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD

These organizations were founded for African Americans to achieve community amongst each other when they were not allowed to join white Greek-letter organizations. These organizations continually play a major role in advancing the lives of people of color and communal acts of service. Additionally, they advocate for the educational and social advancement of Black people in both college and professional settings with an emphasis on scholarship and service.

I am a member of one of these organizations and it has proven to have many uplifting benefits. I developed a true bond and sisterhood within my organizations and it has been an honor to be a part of an organization that exemplifies nothing less than excellence. Not only gained a sisterhood through my organization but I grew into myself on a personal and professional level.

Through my organization, I continually meet women who look like me who hold such prestige and learn about their own journeys within their respective careers. Knowing these women helped me to start maneuvering my own journey and career path. As a member of my organization, I promoted high scholastic standers. While developing and maintaining strong relationships with the women in my organization, who have all been a part of my development. Through service, I have been able to help uplift the community around me.

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