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D9 Fact: In 1912, Charles H. Garvin was elected as the fourth annual president of Alpha Phi Alpha at the fourth annual convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was the first individual to serve two terms as president.
D9 Fact: In 1914, The Sphinx, named after the Egyptian landmark, began publication as Alpha Phi Alpha's journal.
D9 Fact: The first annual convention of the Alpha Phi Alpha alumni organization met in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 3 and 4, 1917.
D9 Fact: Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison is a soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
D9 Fact: Marvel Cooke was a civil rights activist and the first African American woman to work at a white newspaper.
D9 Fact: The AKA badge is a green enameled ivy leaf embellished with a rim of pearls.
D9 Fact: Kappa Alpha Psi Brother Aaron Douglas was a painter; visual arts educator and a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
D9 Fact: Kappa Alpha Psi Brother Francis Cecil Sumner was the first African American to earn a Ph.D in psychology and is known as the "father of Black psychology".
D9 Fact: Johnnie Cochran was an African American lawyer and civil rights activist who became well known for his leadership role in the defense and acquittal of O.J. Simpson. He represented other notable black stars including Tupac, Puffy, Snoop & Jordan.
D9 Fact: Omega Psi Phi Brother Benjamin Crump is a Civil Rights Attorney, noted for his leadership in winning 3 guilty verdicts in the George Floyd murder case against ex-officer D. Chauvin.
D9 Fact: Omega Psi Phi Brother Clifford Alexander, Jr. was the first African American Secretary of the Army.
D9 Fact: In 2020, Omega Psi Phi Inducted the PandemiQ 4 George Clinton, D.L. Hughley, Anthony Anderson and Ted Ginn Sr.
D9 Fact: The Delta Research and Education Foundation sponsored an international conference in Nassau, Bahamas entitled, "Woman to Woman: Single parenting from a global perspective" in 1987.
D9 Fact: Osceola Macarthy Adams was a founding member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She was one of the first Black actresses on Broadway. She was the Director of the Harlem School of the Arts and directed the theatrical debuts of Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier.
D9 Fact: In 1920, Sadie T.M. Alexander was voted first Honorary Grand President of Delta Sigma Theta.
D9 Fact: In 1961, Phi Beta Sigma brother James Forman joined and became the executive secretary of the then newly formed Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
D9 Fact: Phi Beta Sigma brother A. Phillip Randolph, who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, played a role in the amendments to the Railway Labor Act in 1934. As a result, railway porters were granted rights under federal law.
D9 Fact: Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Willie McGahee, Ray McDonald, Charlie Batch, Alex Brown, Marcus Thomas, George Selvie and Hines Ward are just a handful of the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. that have blazed a path and legacy in the NFL.
D9 Fact: Zeta Phi Beta Soror Pat Spencer is a civil rights activist who helped to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.
D9 Fact: Zeta Phi Beta Soror Violette Neatley Anderson was the first woman of color to practice law before the US Supreme Court.
D9 Fact: In 2022, Sydney Kamlager, a Soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., won California’s 37th District for the US House of Representatives. She was initiated at Gamma Lambda at USC, Spring 1994.
D9 Fact: Sigma Gamma Rho Soror Carolyn Tyler Guidry is the second woman elected as a bishop of the AME Church.
D9 Fact: Maritza Correia (McClendon) - 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist (swimming), first Puerto Rican of African descent in the US to set an American and World swimming record.
D9 Fact: Sigma Gamma Rho Soror Joyce Carol Thomas is a poet, playwright and author of over 30 children's books.
D9 Fact: In 1992, Iota Phi Theta established the National Iota Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt entity which grants scholarships and other financial assistance to those in need. Since its creation, the foundation has distributed over $250,000 in programs and services.
D9 Fact: On November 12, 1996, Iota Phi Theta was accepted as a full member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, with all its rights, privileges, and responsibilities. To commemorate Iota's entry, the NPHC conducted a formal induction ceremony at its February 1997 leadership conference.
D9 Fact: In 2021, Frank McCall, a Fall 1980 initiate of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Iota Phi Theta at Southern Illinois University -Edwardsville, became head of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.