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Black Greek Life: The Divine Nine (2022)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2022-10-07

Duration: 00:07:25

Subjects: African American Greek letter societies | HIGHER EDUCATION | Historically black colleges and universities


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Sterling, Todd Interviewee
  • Kimbrough, Walter Speaker
  • Essex, Doveal Interviewee


This segment from the October 7, 2022, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the history of African American fraternities and sororities. She focuses on the origins of the Divine Nine. She interviews Todd Sterling of Alpha Phi Alpha and Doveal Essex, a 101-year-old member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Walter Kimbrough of Alpha Phi Alpha and the author of “Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities” also shares the history of the organizations. This report is a part of the “Crossing Over: Black Greek Life” series.