Truman State University

History

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is currently composed of nine international Greek letter sororities and fraternities:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

NPHC promotes interaction with the community through community service, forums, and other mediums that allow for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a permanent organization whose stated purpose and mission was “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek Letter Collegiate Fraternities and Sororities, and to consider problems of the mutual interest to its member organizations.” Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta sororities were the organization’s charter members. In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities joined the council. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority joined in 1937 and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity completed the list of what became the “Divine Nine” in 1997.

Each of the nine NPHC organizations evolved during a period when African Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded to others. Racial isolation on predominately white campuses and social barriers of class on all campuses created a need for African-Americans to align themselves with other individuals sharing common goals and ideals. With the realization of such a nee, the African-American Greek Lettered Organization movement took on the personae of a haven and outlet, which could foster brotherhood and sisterhood in the pursuit to bring about social change through the development of social programs that will create positive change for African-Americans and the country. Today, the need remains the same.

 

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