African Americans have been supported throughout the years by amazing community institutions that have educated, empowered and emboldened generations. Through engagement with organizations like HBCUs, the black church, and community groups, we leverage the strength of our collective to build our own legacies and live our best lives.
#StoryTime : At the turn of the 20thcentury, although Black students were finally being admitted into predominantly white universities, they weren’t always fully integrated into university life. Black Greek letter organizations,known as the Divine Nine,were founded starting in 1906 to provide Black students with a safe space to cultivate Black identity, and foster academic excellence, leadership skills, and an overarching mission to strengthen the community.
Many members of Black Greekdom have become trailblazers—disrupting industries, breaking boundaries, and making history. Last month’s installment of the #ChevyLegacyTrailblazer series highlighted famous members of Black Fraternities. Today, we’re honoring celebrity members of Black Sororities, who are dedicated to their letters for life, and who have adopted community involvement and empowerment as their mission.
1. K Michelle – Delta Sigma Theta
Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle is a chart-topping singer, songwriter, and reality TV star. Although many know her from Love & Hip Hop fame, in a post on Facebook, she shared, “I graduated from Florida A&M university and was Miss FAMU. I pledged Delta Sigma Theta, and got into several law schools.”#IfYouWasntKnowin… she’s a whole phenomenon!