The NPHC stands for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. The NPHC was formed on Howard University’s campus in Washington DC on May 10, 1930. The founders of the NPHC were: Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta. The NPHC now consist of nine international Greek fraternities and sororities. This includes: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. The NPHC was later incorporated in 1937, under the laws of the state of Illinois. In 1992, the first permanent national office was established in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University’s campus. The mission of the NPHC is “unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek-letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its affiliate organizations.”
There are three separate phases of the NPHC describing the growth of the fraternities and sororities. The phases include: Post World War I, Post World War II, and Post Civil Rights Act 1964. During the Post WWI era, major White public universities and major historical southern Black colleges were infiltrated with undergraduate chapters of the NPHC. The graduate chapters served as civic and service organizations. During the Post WWII era, the affiliate chapters of the NPHC began to stand out from the standard White college traditions, adding distinct African
American flavor, i.e. public skits and lining. During the Post Civil Rights Act 1964 era, more undergraduate chapters were able to establish NPHC affiliates more so than in earlier times, due to the fact that more Blacks were being accepted into traditional White colleges and universities. As a result, the NPHC affiliate organizations...
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