Higher learning education is often a staple of family legacies; shared schools and experiences create memories that inspire and transcend generations. For Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Pan-Hellenic Council organization of nine historically African American fraternities and sororities has played a major role in creating a legacy through education and community service.
The nine (NPHC) organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the "Divine Nine." The (NPHC) was formed as a permanent organization on May 10, 1930 on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. and incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1937. Members are represented on over 620 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada in over 4,600 alumnae associations, making up over 9.6 million active members nationwide.
Today's HBCU student population and alumni benefits from a unique legacy of African American Greek organizations national empowerment. African Americans also thrive on the pioneering history of iconic Greek members in the civic, entertainment, philanthropic, business and medical fields all of whom have had a significant impact on the growth and development of our great nation.
Well-known celebrities of Greek Organizations who attended HBCU's: - Dr. Martin Luther King, Morehouse College, Civil Rights Leader, Alpha Phi Alpha - Oprah Winfrey: Tennessee State, Cable TV Network Owner, Alpha Kappa Alpha - Wilma Rudolph: Tennessee State, Olympic Track & Field, Delta Sigma Theta - Jesse L. Jackson Jr.: Civic Leader, Omega Psi Phi - Jerry Rice: Mississippi Valley State, NFL Hall of Famer, Phi Beta Sigma