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For more than 30 years, scholars and advocates have studied the impact of Divine Nine fraternities and sororities on their members and the communities they serve. Please enjoy selected research, studies, books, articles, and interviews.


Beyond This Place | Digitally curated images of Divine Nine life

Gregory Parks, J.D., Ph.D. | Critical analysis of and research about issues surrounding Divine Nine organizations and the National Pan-Hellenic Council

HBCU Lifestyle | Insights about student success in Greek life

Progressive Greek | News about Divine Nine members and chapters

Watch the Yard | Fun-filled digital archive promoting Divine Nine life


Bonner II, Fred | The Historically Black Greek Letter Organization: Finding a Place and Making a Way

College View | A Crash Course in the Basics of Black Greek Letter Organizations​

Kimbrough, Walter | Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities

Ross, Lawrence | The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities


Benjamin, Tilantine |  Influence of Black Greek Letter Organizations on Executive Core Qualification Leadership Practices

Enaohwo, Ovie | Structuring African-American Social Disorganization from the Ground Up Through Greek-Life

Francis, Eddie | A Deeper Look at the Divine Nine's Impact

Francis, Eddie | Got Greeks at Work? Good!

Gunn, Sherry | Perceptions of Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations Impact on Leadership Development

HBCU Lifestyle Podcast | Travis Martin Behind the Desk of Student Affairs

Harper, Shaun | The effects of sorority and fraternity membership on class participation and African American student engagement in predominantly White classroom environments

Harper, Shaun & Harris III, Frank | The Role of Black Fraternities in the African American Male Undergraduate Experience (African American Men in College)

Kimbrough, Walter | Self-Assessment, Participation, and Value of Leadership Skills, Activities, and Experiences for Black Students Relative to Their Membership in Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities

Kimbrough, Walter & Hutcheson, Philo | The Impact of Membership in Black Greek-Letter Organizations on Black Students' Involvement in Collegiate Activities and Their Development of Leadership Skills

Lewis, Kimathi | The Story of Greek Organizations on HBCU Campuses: Stepping Up to Support

Patton, Lora; Bridges, Brian & Flowers, Lamont | Effects of Greek affiliation on African American students' engagement: Differences by college racial composition


DeGregory, Crystal | This is Why We “Step” | A History of Stepping in Black Greek-Lettered Life + Culture

Eddie Francis Podcast Show | Social Capital Among the Black Greek and HBCU Communities

Fraternity/Sorority Life Podcast | Advisors Weigh In - NPHC & MGC

Jaramillo, Cassandra | Long after college, Divine Nine fraternities and sororities are a lifeline for black members

McCall, Fred | Experiences of Historically Black and Traditionally Latino Fraternity and Sorority Members at a Predominately White Institution

Rich, Paul & Merchant, David | Freemasonry, The Greeks, and Stepping


Allen, Aleidra | What about the Black Greeks? : supporting NPHCs at PWIs

Chaddock, Gail | Loretta Lynch hearing: Why all those red suits in the crowd?

College View | A Crash Course in the Basics of Black Greek Letter Organizations

Francis, Eddie | Dimensions of Giving Among Divine Nine Fraternities and Sororities

Horton, Ronald | Black Sorority and Fraternity members, and the Black consciousness movement

Owens, Donna | Sister Soldiers: A Look at Black Sororities in the Black Lives Matter Movement


Bryant, Patience | The Impact of Colorism on Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities

For Our Edification | The Psychology of Hazing

Hughey, Matthew | Black, Greek, and read all over: newspaper coverage of African-American fraternities and sororities, 1980–2009

Hughey, Matthew | Brotherhood or brothers in the ‘hood’? Debunking the ‘educated gang’ thesis as black fraternity and sorority slander

Jones, Ricky | Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities

Tell Me More | Do Black Frats Need to Clean Up Their Act?

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