‘A lifetime commitment’: Albany State faculty on ‘Divine Nine’ organizations

By Riley Armant Published: Feb. 16, 2023

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – Black Greek letter organizations, commonly known as the Divine Nine, helped create and advance Black History Month. WALB News spoke to faculty at Albany State University about the commitment it takes to be in these organizations.

In February, students who are members of Black greek letter organizations at Albany State University (ASU) said how important Divine Nine history is to Black history.

On Thursday, WALB spoke with faculty members who have been in these organizations for many years about continuing service through their sorority or fraternity, beyond the college campus.

“Crossing is the easy part. The work starts after that, so that’s the hardest part is that you have to stay committed for a lifetime.” Demarcus Greene, Assistant NPHC Advisor at Albany State University, said.

Demarcus Greene is the assistant director for Greek life at Albany State. He told WALB about how important it is to be a role model for the younger generations in the Divine Nine, which is part of the commitment of a Black Greek letter organization.

“I think it’s very important to be a mentor to them because if they don’t have anyone to follow and take the right steps, they’ll fall into what they see on the internet or social media. Which could be a good thing or a bad thing,” Greene said.

Anthony Morman is the lead director for Greek life at Albany State, and he says that serving with the younger generation is one of the best parts of Black Greek life.