The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

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Dafina Books, 2000 - Education - 465 pages
America's black fraternities and sororities are a unique and vital part of 20th century African-American history. Since the creation of the first fraternity in 1906 at Cornell University, they hove provided young black achievers with opportunities to supped each other, while serving their communities and the nation. But never before has information about African-American fraternities and sororities been published for the general public. Now, "The Divine Nine," a meticulously researched history, tells the story of how these organizations have played a major role in shaping generations of black leaders.

Today, America's nine block fraternities and sororities ore two and one-half million members strong and among the most powerful and influential groups in African-American society -- with chapters at major universities and colleges across the country. Many of America's most prominent business leaders, scientists, politicians, entertainers, and athletes took their first steps toward making a difference in the world in a fraternity or sorority. This extensive yet very accessible book celebrates the spirit of excellence shared by these and other renowned African Americans in brief, inspiring profiles.

"The Divine Nine" includes interviews with people like: ABC-TV's "The View" co-host Star Jones, Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O'Neal, Weather anchorman Spencer Christian, Historian John Hope Franklin, Poet Nikki Giovanni, and more, and features inspiring profiles of: Hank Aaron, Maya Angelou, Toni Braxton, Bill Cosby, W.E.B. DuBois, Duke Ellington, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Coretta Scott King, Dionne Warwick, and many others.

Fully illustrated with photographs, "The Divine Nine"chronicles an important yet previously neglected subject in African-American history, making it the first book of its kind, and one to he treasured for generations to come.

 

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Contents

CHAPTE R II
45
CHAPTER III
73
CHA PTE R IV
101
CHAPTE R V
132
TWOHeº
161
DELTA SIGMA THETASORORITY INC
213
CHA PTE R W III
243
FOURHéº
423
THREE TRADITIONAL POEMS OF THE FRATERNAL
448
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