Friday, February 12, 2016
The Divine Nine: The History of African-American Fraternities and Sororities in America by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.
Day twelve of African American nonfiction features THE DIVINE NINE by Lawrence C. Ross, Jr. Whether you pledged in college or not, the vast majority of African American are very familiar with the important civic roles that both fraternities and sororities play in African American culture. These communities symbolize a sense of unity that was greatly needed when they were created and they continue to play an important role today.
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.
In order not to alienate any real fraternities/sororities by posting a short clip of actual steppers; here's a little fictional goodness from back in the day. Yeah, I took it waaaay back! You'll be wanting to go back and watch School Daze and reruns of A Different World after watching these clips. Oh, the good ole days!