National Pan-Hellenic Council

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    Since 1930, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) has served as a premier organization for African-American fraternities and sororities. The NPHC was founded at Howard University to support black college students who were searching for a voice, community, and shared identity as they pursued their education. This organization played a vital role in uniting black collegiates as they fought for equal rights and fair treatment under the law, and today the NPHC continues to bring young men and women together as they honor the history, traditions, and values of their Greek organizations. The NPHC currently has nine members and these Greek organizations are commonly referred to as “The Divine Nine”. -HBCU Lifestyle

Day 14 - N is for The National Pan-Hellenic Council

Alpha Phi Alpha 1906

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    Founded December 4, 1906

    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

    Alpha Phi Alpha was the first intercollegiate fraternity for Black men. The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. Alpha's motto: "First of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all."

Omega Psi Phi 1911

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     Founded November 17, 1911

    Howard Univ., Washington, D.C.

    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles.

Zeta Phi Beta 1920

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    Founded January 16, 1920

    Howard Univ., Washington, D.C.

    "The purpose of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority's national program for which its members and auxiliary groups provide voluntary service to staff, community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change." 

Alpha Kappa Alpha 1908

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    Founded January 15, 1908

    Howard Univ,, Washington, D.C.

    "Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood composed of women who have consciously chosen this affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind."

Delta Sigma Theta 1913

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    Founded January 13, 1913

    Howard Univ., Washington, D.C.

    The 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 1913. 

Sigma Gamma Rho 1922

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    Founded November 12, 1922

    Indianapolis, IN

    "Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically."

Kappa Alpha Psi 1911

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    Founded January 15, 1911

    Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN

    In 1911, the state of Indiana and Indiana U. were hostile places for Black people. The founders of Kappa Alpha Psi, realizing that they had no part in the social life of the university, and drawn together by common interests, decided that a fraternity would do much to fill the missing link in their college existence. They would seek to raise the sights of Black youths and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than might otherwise be realized or imagined.

Iota Phi Theta 1963

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    Founded September 19, 1963

    Morgan State U., Baltimore, MD

    "As Iota Phi Theta 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 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!'"

Phi Beta Sigma 1914

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    Founded January 9, 1914

    Howard Univ., Washington, D.C.

    The fraternity was founded on the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. These principles are exhibited by the fraternity motto, "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity."