The story of 9 historically Black fraternities and sororities
Howard University students who are members of the groups within the
National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as The Divine Nine, perform a Unity Step.
Founded December 4, 1906, Cornell University
Mission is to develop leaders, and to promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.
Founded January 15, 1908, Howard University
Mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”
Founded January 5, 1911, Indiana University
Mission is to unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity; to encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor; and to promote the spiritual, social, intellectual, and moral welfare of members.
Founded November 17, 1911, Howard University
Mission is to bring about union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship, and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive helpful and constructive place in political life of the community and nation; and foster the humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status.
Founded January 13, 1913, Howard University
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.
Founded January 9, 1914, Howard University
Mission is to strengthen and serve proactively the brotherhood, as a supportive resource that positively impacts the Fraternity's growth and financial solvency; and to reaffirm and maintain a strong commitment to brotherhood, scholarship and service.
Founded January 16, 1920, Howard University
Mission is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood.
Founded November 12, 1922, Butler University
It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, healthcare, and the leadership development.
Founded September 19, 1963, Morgan State College (Now Morgan State University)
As Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. continues to grow and strengthen, so will its commitment to make meaningful contributions to society in general, with particular emphasis in the African-American community. Throughout America, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. has come to represent excellence in all areas. The Fraternity is, and shall forever remain dedicated to its founders’ vision of Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!
The Divine Nine
Founded May 10, 1930, Howard University
The purpose of the NPHC shall be to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern. Thus, NPHC promotes the well-being of its affiliate fraternities and sororities, facilitates the establishment and development of local councils of the NPHC, and provides leadership training for its constituents.