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Audience to get look ‘inside’ historic black fraternities, sororities

Author of historical text and fiction Lawrence Ross will be the guest lecturer of "The Divine Nine" on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., in Nevins Theater, Powell Center on the Alfred University Campus. This program is free to the general public.

"The Divine Nine" is an honest and inside look at America’s historic black fraternities and sororities.

Ross worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Independent Newspaper and was managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine. He earned a degree in Fine Arts from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Education in screenwriting.

Ross was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in 1997 when he started writing the "The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities." His is the first book written that covers members of National Pan-Hellenic Council.

During the last 10 years, Ross has toured and lectured at over 300 college and universities on the topics of hazing and how black fraternities and sororities can fulfill their promises.

Ross has been a guest on television shows, including "Good Morning Atlanta and National Public Radio, and has been interviewed by "Essence," "Ebony," and "Savoy" magazines.