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The Divine Nine: The History of African-American and Sororities in America

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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 f ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Kensington (first published 2000)
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Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Divine Nine: ..." focused on the history of African-American fraternities and sororities in America. It was rich with the origin and culture of these historical frats/sororities.

If you like learning about the founding members along with the men and women who joined these rich traditions, then you will really enjoy reading this thought-provoking book.

May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
As a member of one of the D9 sororities (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.), I found this book to be an insightful and unbiased resource for those interested in the historical perspective behind the Black Greek Letter Organizations.
David Ward
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C. Ross Jr. (Kensington Publishing Corp. 2000) (371.85). This volume focuses on the histories and ideals of the African-American fraternities and sororities whose members self-identify as being members of one of "The Divine Nine." The volume never makes clear whether there are any other black Greek fraternal organizations in addition to these nine. The "Divine Nine" consists of five fraternities and four sor ...more
This was like the must read in college!! haha...because everyone wanted to join a sorority!! But it was informative and really helped me understand what the sororities were really about...and it wasn't just what I was seeing on campus!
Jessica Davis
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent textbook with a great deal of interesting information.
Kevin Chik
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very informative, great to learn the history of people changing other peoples lives in college.
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
It provides a great knowledge on the Africian American Greek System. They go thru the history, challenges, service and mention notable members.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved it and learned a lot.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that gives you the history of the African American Greek organizations.
Gwendolyn Mayo
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Dad is a member of Omega Psi Phi, my Godmother is a Zeta and my cousins are AKA's. The Divine Nine was suggested to me by my Dad when he became a Q. The book is well written and complete.
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Lawrence Ross attended both the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History. Ross also has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Ross began his writing career in the mid 1990s as the managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine, the west coast’s first h
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