Thursday, November 4, 2010

Author Of Book On African American Fraternities To Lecture At Ferris State University

Lawrence C. Ross Jr. is the author of "The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities," the first book written about all nine African American fraternities and sororities.

Ross will be on campus at Ferris State University on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in IRC 120 to lecture on topics addressed in his book. He will lecture about the historical origins of African American-based fraternal organizations, macro reasons for existence and contemporary issues that face members and organizations. Additionally, he will talk about the struggle for relevancy in today's society, pledging and hazing.

To date, Ross has lectured at over 350 colleges and universities.

Since it was published in 2000, The Divine Nine has been the standard for anyone interested in African American fraternal history, and is a Los Angeles Times and Essence magazine bestseller. Ross is recognized as an expert on African American fraternal issues, and has written articles for CNN and The He has been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Essence and other media outlets.

This event is free and open to the public. The event sponsors are Ferris' Black Greek Council and the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

Anyone with questions or is in need of assistance is asked to contact OMSS at 231-591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

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