Black fraternities are commonly referred to as National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities or historically black fraternities. These fraternities were established by African American college students as a response to the racial discrimination and exclusion they faced in predominantly white fraternities during the early 20th century.
The NPHC is a collaborative organization that comprises nine historically black Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. Among these fraternities, some of the most well-known and influential are Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma.
Alpha Phi Alpha was the first black fraternity, founded in 1906 at Cornell University. It has a rich history of promoting leadership, scholarship, and service within the African American community. Kappa Alpha Psi was established in 1911 at Indiana University and focuses on achievement, brotherhood, and service. Omega Psi Phi, also founded in 1911 at Howard University, is known for its commitment to scholarship, leadership, and uplift of the community. Phi Beta Sigma, founded in 1914 at Howard University, emphasizes brotherhood, service, and cultural awareness.
Other fraternities within the NPHC include Iota Phi Theta, founded in 1963 at Morgan State University, which is dedicated to social justice and community service. Sigma Gamma Rho, founded in 1922 at Butler University, is a sorority that promotes sisterhood, scholarship, and service. Zeta Phi Beta, founded in 1920 at Howard University, focuses on sisterhood, scholarship, service, and finer womanhood. Additionally, there are the fraternities of Alpha Phi Alpha's sister organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Alpha Kappa Alpha's brother organization, Phi Beta Sigma.
These fraternities play a significant role in the African American community, providing spaces for personal growth, mentorship, and networking among members. They often engage in community service projects, educational initiatives, and social events to uplift and support their communities.
Personally, as a member of a predominantly white fraternity, I have witnessed the positive impact that NPHC fraternities have on their members and the communities they serve. I have seen firsthand the strong bond and brotherhood that exists within these organizations, as well as their dedication to academic excellence and community involvement.
Black fraternities are commonly known as NPHC fraternities or historically black fraternities. They have a long and proud history of promoting leadership, scholarship, and service within the African American community. These fraternities play a crucial role in fostering personal growth, brotherhood, and community upliftment.