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Begin Black History Month With A ‘Pledge’ For The Divine 9 Children’s Book

The Divine 9 Children’s Book Series is the first and only children’s book series about the Divine 9 Black Greek Lettered Organizations.  Never before has information about African American fraternities and sororities been published for the general public, in a children’s book. As trendsetters, "Teach Me Greek", explores the positive aspects and powerful images of African American sororities and fraternities and their significance in African American history. Teach Me Greek seeks to teach and educate youth about the positive influences of fraternities and sororities and will include titles such as: "My Mommy Is A Delta", "My Mommy Is An AKA", "My Mommy Is A Sigma Gamma Rho", "My Mommy Is A Zeta", "My Daddy Is A Kappa", "My Daddy Is An Omega", "My Daddy Is An Alpha", "My Daddy Is An Iota", "My Daddy Is A Phi Beta Sigma". This first-ever series will chronicle the nine existing, also known as the "Divine 9" African American greek letter organizations in an inspiring light that will make young children proud of their heritage. Denouncing the negative aspects of pledging a fraternity and/or sorority is an additional goal of this children’s book series.

A.B. Why do you do what you do? When you go into a school, what happens?

I do what I do because God has ordained my steps and it gives me the platform to talk about how good he’s been to me.   I do what I do for the schools during February because I feel it is my duty to give back as much as possible.  And giving back means going into our communities and instead of charging my usual speaking fee or presentation fee doing it for free so that the children can get a quality presentation without the bureuacratic process.

A.B. What has been the reaction from students? 

When I go to the schools the students are very excited to see a real author, especially the younger kids.  I’m  a person that they can finally put a face with because of  a profession that they mostly only see for school by reading books at the media center but don’t really ever see in person.   The books are truly unique and great treasures. They are so much more than children’s books, they are more like keepsakes and a tangible literarcy product that people in greek fraternities and sororities can hand down to their children and their children’s children. They are hard cover, fully colored and are filled with vibrant colors and characters that represent upwardly mobile black people and black people in history that made the world it is today .  Readers can benefit from the historical information presented in an easy to read children’s book and on a level that children can read and enjoy.  What sets me apart from other series, is that The Divine 9 children’s book series is a one of a kind product.  There are no other books like it and I have captured a nich market for not just people with children in Greek Fraternites and sororities but for people that want information about the true positive historical contributions that these black greek organizations have made to America . 


  1. Leon A. Walker says:

    Leon A. Walker
    Freelance Writer
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    Should We Squash “Black History Month”?

    Do away with “Black History Month”… I have heard this discussed in the media and among friends and acquaintances. In my opinion, a month is somewhat long for any ethnic celebration. If I could make the decision in a vacuum, I would opt for “Black History Day” or maybe “Black History Week”.

    Before I would make such an edict however, I would take some time to consider what “Black History” really means. At fifty three years old, I have lived in many locations across the county. In spite of the well intended efforts of many good people, my current assessment is that the events tied to “Black History Month” are frequently (not always) repetitive, to the point of being droll. This may well be, to some extent, the reason that many are seemingly realizing a dissipating interest in seeing the yearly celebration continue. I must make it clear, that I do not accept any argument that the core concept, of annually recognizing historic black achievement, has run its course and is no longer needed.

    A portion of the problem, from my individual perspective, is lack of vision, and perhaps creativity in attempting to understand and celebrate true “Black History” from a more broad and unhindered viewpoint. Let me give you a single example. “The impact of violent protest, on the progress of the civil rights movement in America”. I would use the word seldom but the fact is I “never” hear any mention of these “historic” events during annual Black History Month celebrations. Have we forgotten? Or as I fear, we suffer from selective amnesia or manipulation. I contribute the following as further amplification. This is both an opinion and a personal tribute.

    Black History

    I dare say you may not learn of this in schools
    So beware the messengers, crafting fools

    From whence I come, I need not look
    To words of mouth, or dusty books

    Gripped in fear, this black boy did see
    The war in the cities, to set us free

    So I rise and I ask, that this history be told
    For our heroes and heroines, proud and bold

    Yes Stokely stood strong, in handsome black
    As The Panthers marched, and rifles cracked

    The vision of Angela’s risen fist
    A striking queen, who would resist

    And John and Tommy, amidst the throngs
    Their black gloved fists, proclaimed the wrongs

    And many others, the gauntlet strode
    Insurrections path, to freedom road

    Revolution’s wind, left a startling chill
    In the halls of the White House, and on Capitol Hill

    Yet to those that stand, and those long lain
    I’ve heard no tributes proud refrain

    They fought in the streets, and marched and cried
    The truth of their sacrifice, long denied

    And buried in, this history’s grave
    Proud memories of, so many brave

    Let us speak now, and teach, of long hot summer nights
    And the violent revolt, to gain our rights

    Walk a path now of reverence, and a path of peace
    For the many that died, not among the least

    Then be cautious by whom, history’s pages are turned
    Lest you forget, or learn not, of the cities that burned…

    Do away with “Black History Month”…no. I don’t think that is the answer. Let us pause and commit some cognitive energy to consideration of the many other, perhaps now obscure, names, faces and events which represent additional substanitive historic content. “Black History Month” is an annual opportunity to create a wonderful impact. Is it possible that we can collaborate together, just once each year, and create something fresh and new, and marvelous? There are countless names and examples yet to be celebrated. After so many years, and so much heartache, it would be tragic… to simply walk away.

    L. A. Walker

    © Leon A. Walker, January 2008