In the wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s case, Black community leaders across the nation rally to show their support for his family and their discontent with how he was murdered am the events thereafter. Among the latest support, is a bold move from the leaders of Black fraternities.
Black fraternities were founded over a century ago and pride themselves on propelling the advancement of Black men. “The Divine Nine” is comprised of 9 public-service organizations with highly selective intake processes including 5 sororities —Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (1908), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.(1913), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.(1920), and Sigma Gamma Rho Inc.(1922)— and 4 fraternities—Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. (1906), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. (1911), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. (1911), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (1914) and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. (1963).
Because they are each rooted in one similar mission centered around the African American community, it was only a matter of time before they united to take action. Read the letter from the presidents of all five Black fraternities in the Divine Nine to Attorney General William Barr:
We salute the leadership of Dr. Everett B. Ward, Dr. David Marion, Reuben A. Shelton III Esq., Michael E. Cristal and Andre Mason.