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Greek Life (NPHC)


About NPHC


In 1930 it was recognized that there was a need to form an umbrella organization that would provide coordination of philosophies and activities of the historically Black Greek-letter organizations that were formed over the 16-year period from 1906 to 1922.  This umbrella group, which became known as the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), was formally organized in May 1930 at Howard University, Washington, D.C.  The charter members were: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi Fraternities, Inc. In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities, Inc. joined the Council.  In 1937, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. joined the Council and in 1996 Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. completed the list of organizations comprising the NPHC.


 The nine affiliate organizations have pledged to devote their collective resources and services in an effort to enhance communities throughout the nation and world.  Despite the diversity inherent in the individual groups, the NPHC provides the forum and impetus for addressing issues of mutual concern.  The organizations soon discovered that both nationally and locally the effect of their educational, social and economic programs was greatly improved by uniting and coordinating efforts through the NPHC and the local councils. Francis Marion University currently has six affiliate organizational chapters on its campus. More information pertaining to each organization is located below:


Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha

Since it’s founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. 

The Kappa Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was charted on December 20, 1975 at Francis Marion University.  From a dream put into reality by Dr. Joseph E. Heyward, Sr., the 11 charter members began a journey, which has lead to one of the most outstanding organizations on the FMU campus.  The Kappa Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has maintained the university’s highest academic award to an organization, the President’s Cup-for having the highest grade point average amongst all fraternities (1998-2000, 2002, 2004).  Individually during this time frame, four brothers have had the privilege of maintaining the highest grade point average in their major for their classification and among all the fraternity members of NPHC.  Not only have these young men been noted for their academic achievement, but also for their community service and leadership abilities in such organizations as Student Government Association, NAACP, and the Resident Student Association.  To learn more about this Organization, please visit their National Website.


Alpha Kappa Alpha

AKAIn 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. Her roots date back to Howard University, Washington, D.C., where Ethel Hedgeman Lyle conceived the idea for formation. She viewed the Sorority as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life by providing mental stimulation through interaction with friends and associates. Through the years, however, Alpha Kappa Alpha's function has become more complex. After her incorporation as a perpetual body in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation, and the world. To learn more about this Organization, please visit their National Website.



  Kappa Alpha Psi

Kappa Alpha PsiKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. The Fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement. Early in this century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek letter organization with its 1st Chapter on Indiana University's campus. The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined. Fashioning achievement as its fundamental purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.

Mu Theta was chartered on the campus of Francis Marion University on September 7, 1985.  12 young men known as the Untouchable 12 were the initial members of the chapter.  These young men were Grady Sass, Danny Davis, Donald Simmons, Roland Bostick, Roney Smith, Joseph Graham, David Carter, Jerry Lattimore, Patrick Calloway, Chris Mazella, and Mark Thomas.  The men of Kappa Alpha Psi have taken a progressive approach in spreading their influence in the Pee Dee Region by sponsoring the Guide Right Program at Lester Elementary and Williams Middle Schools and Can Food Drives for the Homeless.  With charm and charisma the brother of Kappa Alpha Psi have sponsored Black History Programs, Poetry Readings,  Miss Kappa Alpha Psi Pageant, Pool Tournaments, and a host of health awareness seminars on Francis Marion University’s campus just to name a few.  To learn more about this Organization, please visit their National Website.



     Omega Psi Phi

Omega Psi PhiOn Friday evening, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. To learn more about this Organization, please visit their National Website.






Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi BetaZeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded on January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie, and Pearl Neal. These five women, also known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood. It was the ideal of the founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Founder Viola Tyler was oft quoted to say "[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average, and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish." To learn more about this Organization, please visit their National Website.




    Sigma Gamma Rho

Sigma Gamma RhoOn November 12, 1922, seven educators came together to form an organization for African-American women who were interested in every phase of education. Founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is the only historically black Greek-lettered sorority founded on a predominately white campus. Not wanting to join an organization that was started in the surroundings of its own culture, derived from changes and conflict, or built on the foundation of a fraternity, these 7 pearls built an organization for women who are strong, independent and have a desire to serve and educate the community. Standing on the motto, “Greater Service, Greater Progress” the pretty poodles of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. live up to the phrase “Last Created, Best Designed!” To learn more about this Organization, please visit their National Website.





       Iota Phi Theta

Iota phi thetaOn September 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan StateUniversity), 12 students founded what is now the nation's fifth largest, predominately African-American social service fraternity: The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated ®.
The Honorable founders of Iota Phi Theta® were: Albert Hicks, Lonnie Spruill, Jr., Charles Briscoe, Frank Coakley, John Slade, Barron Willis, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown, Louis Hudnell, Charles Gregory, Elias Dorsey, Jr., and Michael Williams. Based upon their ages, heightened responsibilities, and increased level of maturity, this group had a slightly different perspective than the norm for college students. It was this perspective from which they established the Fraternity's purpose: "The development and perpetuation of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brotherhood among Men." Additionally, they conceived the Fraternity's motto: "Building a Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!" Today, Iota Phi Theta® consists of over 250 Chapters worldwide. To learn more about this Organization, please visit their
National Website.


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