On the final day of Black History Month, the Howard University National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as the Divine Nine, performed on Good Morning America. Students from each fraternity and sorority on-campus were invited to participate in a unity step alongside solo performances from each of their organizations.
The show aired on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Howard University students traveled to New York City for the live taping. Alongside the performance aspect of the show, students were given the opportunity to answer questions about their experience in greek life. The performance aimed to wrap up Good Morning America’s Black History Month series and showcase the history of HBCU culture and greek life on campus.
“Sisterhood has obviously been something I’ve gained, but I’ve loved being able to serve in a capacity like this — being able to give back to the community in ways that I was able to receive from a young age,” said Nya Christian, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Chapter on the live show.
Robin Roberts, the co-host of Good Morning America, is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and shared that her mother attended Howard University and became a member of the sorority.
“Being able to share a special moment with Robin Roberts, an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, was definitely a highlight of the day! She showcased true sisterhood by welcoming me into the space before, during, and after our interview,” said Christian.
The performance has since been shared on multiple platforms, including the Howard University Instagram and Twitter page garnering over 10,000 views.
Performers representing each fraternity and sorority included: Ronald Carter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Nya Christian, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Carl Clay, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, Noah Thomas, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, Ryane Jones, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Keanu Powell, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, Sienna Fatuesi, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Monica Moore, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Steven Aldridge, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
“I hope this segment opens the door to more HBCU sororities and fraternities being granted the opportunity to showcase their organization at a level such as national television,” said Monica Moore of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Phi Chapter. “HBCUs impact not only our community but society as a whole. Seeing historical and influential figures laying their foundation down at HBCUs and then go off to do phenomenal work is a prime example of why it’s important to highlight the culture of HBCUs.”
Dominic Carter, the assistant director of Greek Affairs at Howard University, helped spearhead the appearance and assisted with the planning of the trip. He shared his outlook on the importance of the NPHC’s appearance on such a large platform.
“It’s important to bring awareness to the culture of HBCUs and their legacy- sometimes it’s overlooked. And sometimes underserved when it comes to that type of awareness on a large scale,” said Carter. “So many good things come from HBCUs- good students in all different aspects of life. So getting a chance to get them on a major platform, even at short notice. We really couldn’t turn down an opportunity.”
To stay updated with Howard University’s NPHC involvement, visit their Instagram page @howard.nphc.