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Sat, 05.10.1930

The National Pan-Hellenic Council begins

*On this date in 1930, The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) was formed.

They are a permanent organization on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C. (NPHC) is an umbrella organization for nine historically Black, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. Each of the nine NPHC organizations evolved during a period when African Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded other college students.

The NPHC was established when 20th century Jim Crow segregation and was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1937. Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta were the 5 founding members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) in 1930.  The council's membership expanded as Alpha Phi Alpha (1931), Phi Beta Sigma (1931), Sigma Gamma Rho (1937), and Iota Phi Theta (1996) joined the NPHC. The council promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

The organization's stated purpose and mission in 1930 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 member organizations.  In 1987, the first permanent national office for NPHC was established in Bloomington, Indiana on the campus of Indiana University through the joint cooperation of Indiana University and the National Board of Directors of NPHC.

The NPHC collectively sponsors programs at the national level and asks that each chapter implement some or all of these initiatives in their local area. The Pan-Hellenic campaign enlists "Greeks" from all over the world to help construct the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, to enlighten the world of their support, remembering the Man, the Movement, and the Message.

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