NPHC members researched books that highlight the history of African American Greek organizations and chose “The Divine Nine” because it answers many questions modern college students may have about the history of the organizations, their service to their communities and their support of each other, said Natalie Laurence, Northwestern State’s director of Greek Life.
“Books like this are useful because so many books on Greek organizations were written long ago. Not many are contemporary,” said Abbie Landry, NSU’s director of Libraries. “This is a really good choice as a reference book. Often publications that detailed the history of black Greek organizations, such as newspapers and magazines in print during the Harlem Renaissance, were short-lived and even at some historically black colleges, the information was not necessarily collected, so their history is lost. This book answers questions some people wouldn’t know the answer to.”
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. The nine NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine.”
NPHC members plan to make the Black History Month book donation to Watson Library an annual occurrence.