Divine Nine Members Team Up To Read To Chicago’s Children


February 2, 2024

They’re continuing the work of their esteemed organizations!

As Black History Month begins, Bronzeville Classical Elementary School in Chicago is fostering empowerment through education with its second annual Black Greek Read Aloud Day. The event, covered by Chicago’s CBS 2 News, brought together members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (also known as the Divine Nine or D9) to read aloud to students during homeroom. The Divine Nine is made of nine historically Black sororities and fraternities, founded between 1906 and 1963. For more than a century, these organizations have dedicated themselves to serving the community.

Black Greek Read Aloud Day serves as a platform to connect students with inspirational figures who have overcome challenges and achieved success. By having members of prominent Black fraternities and sororities read to them, students gain exposure to positive role models who share a commitment to academic excellence, community service, and leadership.


The event not only featured members of the Divine Nine, but also welcomed Kareem Edwards, the first Black owner and operator of a Chick-fil-A franchise in Chicago. Edwards shared insights on entrepreneurship and franchise ownership with seventh graders, providing valuable perspectives on leadership and success. Alderman Pat Dowell of the 3rd ward joined the occasion, emphasizing the significance of community involvement and the positive impact of diverse role models.

Cover Photo: For the second year, members of the Divine Nine have volunteered at Bronzeville Classical Elementary School. / Stock Image/Photo Credit: Getty Creative

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