The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities Hardcover by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dafina (Jan. 2 2079)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496741366
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9781496741363
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 567 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm

Now revised and updated with 45 new interviews of prominent members and new statements from the Presidents of America’s nine Black fraternities and sororities!

Known as the Black Students’ Bible, Lawrence C. Ross’ bestselling guide to America's nine African American fraternities and sororities celebrates the spirit of Black Excellence in higher education that has produced American leaders in politics, sports, arts, and culture such as Kamala Harris, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Jordan, Thurgood Marshall, and Toni Morrison.

from Langston Hughes and Ella Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison and Kamala Harris

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, members of these organizations share a proud tradition 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 the University of Chicago.

Updated with new interviews with black luminaries like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Edwidge Danticat, Roland Martin, Jalen Hurt, and K. Michelle, this extensive yet accessible book celebrates the spirit of excellence shared by African American fraternity and sorority members, both past and present.

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 be treasured for generations to come.

About Author

Lawrence C. Ross, a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is a bestselling author, lecturer, writer, filmmaker, and leading expert on African American sororities and fraternities. His groundbreaking book, The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, has become the preeminent book on African American fraternities and sororities. He’s written regular pieces for, The Grio, The Root,, and USA Today. He lives in Westchester, CA, and can be found online at

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

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