One of the first things incoming students see when arriving on campus at an historically black college or university, or HBCU, is trees and benches painted with symbolic colors and the helping hand from a member of the “Divine 9” black fraternities and sororities, who chose to come back to school a week ahead to help out with freshman orientation this year. Six of the nine Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) were founded on the campuses of HBCUs, and there’s no better time to explore the history and legacy of these incredible organizations committed to a lifetime of service to the community.
In no particular order, here’s a list of books to read before, during, and after your black college experience especially if those of you are wanting to become a member of these organizations.
2The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C. Ross
Written by one of the country’s leading experts on black fraternities and sororities, Lawrence C. Ross tells how BGLOs have played a (HUGE) role in shaping the nation since the 20th century.