The African-American fraternities and sororities that we call the Divine Nine not only have an exalted place in our people’s history, they have been movers and shakers in helping us uplift our community, this nation and in some cases the world.
With the just concluded dedication Sunday of the MLK Jr. National Memorial, Alpha Phi Alpha, the first African-American Greek letter fraternity gets some well deserved love for their persistence in making this project happen.
As someone who comes from a family in which I have members who are members of Divine Nine frats and sororities, I was interested in watching this BET special entitled Alpha Man:The Brotherhood Of MLK.
There have been some historical giants who have crossed the burning sands to become members of this over a century old fraternity such as the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, civil rights warrior and UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Olympian Jesse Owens, former Jamaican Chief Minister Norman Manley and actor Paul Robeson, but the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is probably one of the most recognized members of Alpha Phi Alpha. .
This BET special focuses on Dr. King and his time as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, their involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and the 15 year effort to make the dream of a monument on the National Mall to him by his fraternity brothers become a reality.