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National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is a cooperative organization representing the interests of nine historically African-American Greek letter organizations. Founded in 1930, the NPHC was organized to allow greater collaboration between all nine fraternities and sororities in order to influence social action and change in the African American community. Locally, the Texas Tech Pan-Hellenic Council is the coordinating and governing body of the historically black fraternities and sororities at Texas Tech University. There are nine NPHC organizations internationally, seven of these organizations are registered at Texas Tech.

Some activities of an NPHC fraternity or sorority may be community clean-ups, tutoring, step-shows, big brother and big sister mentoring, social mixers, and educational programming. NPHC fraternities provide for community involvement and close friendships for a lifetime.

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National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities at Texas Tech

Phi Beta Sigma

Founded Nationally: 1914 - Howard University
Motto: Culture to service and service to humanity
Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
Famous Members Include: George Washington Carver, Huey P. Newton, Emmitt Smith
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Omega Psi Phi

Founded Nationally: November 17, 1911 - Howard University
Motto: Friendship is essential to the soul.
Colors: Purple and Gold
Famous Members Include: Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby, Michael Jordan
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Kappa Alpha Psi

Nickname: "Pretty Boys"
Founded Nationally: January 5, 1911, Indiana University - Bloomington
Founded Locally: Iota Upsilon - September 1, 1979
Motto: Achievement in every field of human endeavour
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Philanthropy: National Program - Guide Right; Local - Clean the Highway(84); SP Food Bank
Famous Members: Bernard Harris, Johnny Cockran, Arthur Ashe, Cedric the Entertainer
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National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities at Texas Tech

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Founded Nationally: January 15, 1908 - Howard University
Motto: "By culture and by merit"
Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
Famous Members Include: Rosa Parks, Maya Algelou, Jada Pinkett-Smith National

Delta Sigma Theta

Founded Nationally: January 13, 1913, Howard University
Founded Locally: April 17, 1970
Motto: Sisterhood, Scholarship, Service
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Famous Members Include: Dr. Betty Shabazz, Aretha Franklin, Nikki Giovani
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Zeta Phi Beta

Founded Nationally: January 16, 1920, Howard University
Founded Locally: July 1993
Motto: Service, scholarship, sisterly love and finer womanhood
C olors: Royal Blue and Pure White
Flower/Mascot: White Rose/Dove or White Cat
Symbol: Dove or White Cat
Philanthropy: Zeta Phi Beta is a non-profit organization that engages in various community service projects throughout the year. Zeta is active in the Stork's Nest, our national project which was opened on September 19th, 2000. Zeta also awards various scholarship inside and outside of the organization.
Notable Members: Towanda Braxton, Wendy Palmer, Zora Neal Hurston, Senator Yvonne B. Miller, Minnie Ripperton, Gwendolyn Brooks, Grace Ann Bumbry, Chantel Tremitiere, Julia Carson, Ester Rolle, Ja’Net DuBois, Sherly Underwood, Sarah Lois Vaughn, Lisa Muhammad
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