About the NPHC

National History

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The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established in 1930 at Howard University as a national coordinating body for the nine historically African American Fraternities and Sororities which had evolved on American college and university campuses by that time. Blatant racism had prevented many African American students on historically white campuses from joining general fraternities and sororities. African Americans were denied admittance to large numbers of campuses which still prohibited blacks from attending. Therefore, African American students on both types of campuses established fraternities and sororities to enhance their college experiences. These organizations did not then nor do they now restrict membership to African Americans. They have developed, however, a distinctive African American style in their activities both social and philanthropic.

These college fraternities grew, on historically white and historically black campuses in three distinct phases:

Post World War I

NPHC chapters spread to major research university campuses that admitted blacks. Spread to major historically black colleges in the south. Alumni chapters established in cities across the U.S.A. as "Civic and Service" organizations because blatant racism prohibited African Americans from participating in general civic organizations in their communities after graduation from college.

Post World War II:

NPHC chapters proliferated on southern historically black college campuses. Many cultural traditions which differed markedly from historically white college traditions became refined and embedded within the African American culture i.e."lining" and public skits on campus as a part of "pledging").

Post Civil Rights Act 1964

Many colleges and universities which had previously denied admittance to African Americans or had small enrollments grew in their enrollment of African Americans and established NPHC chapters on their campuses. This swelled the numbers of NPHC affiliate organizations to over 400 undergraduate chapters and as many alumni chapters on the average for each organization. Presently, there are approximately 1.5 million members of undergraduate and graduate chapters served by NPHC.

In many ways this upsurge in growth though welcomed, was unexpected and unplanned for by NPHC. By and large, even though the national office staffs of each of the nine affiliate organizations have increased dramatically, they have not matched the pace of growth of the chapters. None of the historically African American fraternities or sororities have staffed their offices with field consultants (young, recent college graduate members of the respective organizations who actively visit college chapters to motivate, evaluate and sometimes recommend discipline for chapters that stray from the national or university standard). Historically African American fraternities and sororities and their office staffs must also give appropriate time and attention to alumni chapters. This further diminishes the time and attention proportionately that can be paid to collegiate affairs.

Chapter Officers

2010- 2011 MSU NPHC Executive Board

President

Brionna Blackwell
Delta Simga Theta Sorority, Inc.

Internal Vice President

Brittani Blackwell
Delta Simga Theta Sorority, Inc.

External Vice President
Terry Young
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 

 

Treasurer

Brittani Jackson
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Secretary

 

Historian

Shardaya Gregory
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Parlementarian

Joel Ruffin
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Black Student Alliance Representative

 

ASMSU Representative

 

Women's Advisory Board Representative

 

Union Adviosry Board Representative

Brionna Blackwell
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

USC Representative