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The Divine Nine

Lawrence C. Ross

ISBN 9780758202703
Publish Date 9/1/2001
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Dafina, History

National Bestseller!

America’s black fraternities and sororities are a unique and vital part of 20th century African American history, providing young black achievers with opportunities to support each other while they serve their communities and the nation.

From pioneering work in the suffragette movement to extraordinary strides during the Civil Rights era to life-changing inner-city mentoring programs in the 1990s, members of these organizations share a proud and vital history of brotherhood, sisterhood, and service.

Today, America’s nine black fraternities and sororities are almost three million members strong with chapters at major universities and colleges, including Stanford University, Howard University, and University of Chicago.

This revised and updated edition includes details highlighting the Centennial celebrations for both Alpha Phi Alpa and Alpha Kappa Alpha; updated photographs; new statistics; celebrity interviews, a new foreword, and much more.

Includes Interviews With Famous Members Of The Divine Nine—

From John H. Johnson and Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby-Grant to Star Jones and Shaquille O’Neal

Plus Inspiring Profiles Of Other Famous Members—

From Langston Hughes and Ella Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison and Colin Powell

Fully Illustrated With Fascinating Photographs!

About Lawrence C. Ross:

Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Lawrence Ross has been an author, writer, commentator, and lecturer on African American topics for the past twenty years. The author of seven books, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities and Blackballed: The Black & White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses, were the first books written about black fraternal organizations and campus racism, respectively. One of the most popular college lecturers in the country, Ross has appeared at over 700 colleges, universities, and conferences. He’s also the owner of The Metaphor Club (TheMetaphorClub.com), a creative co-working space in Los Angeles. Ross lives in Los Angeles with his wife April, and their son Langston, and is a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. To contact Lawrence Ross, please visit TheLawrenceRoss.com or email him at alpha1906@gmail.com.

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