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Black Scholars. Many Voices.

Seeks to highlight black scholars who contribute to the world's knowledge in a diverse set of subject areas.


K Library highlights the scholarship of black scholars, artists, and activities many of whose works are available at our Library. This list is by no means comprehensive.

We welcome recommendations to build the library's collection and for inclusion on this guide.

For more information on black sororities & fraternities

Black Fraternities & Sororities

Delta Sigma Theta

Founded in 1913, Howard University

Notable Members

Shirley Chisholm

Poet, Activist, and Educator

Stacey Abrams

Politician, Activist, and Lawyer

Shirley Chisholm, future member of the U.S. House

Photo by Thomas J. O'Halloran, Public Domain

Stacey Abrams in 2018

Photo by The Circus, CC BY

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Founded in 1908, Howard University


Notable Members

Kamala Harris

Vice-President Elect

Toni Morrison

Novelist and Academic

Kamala Harris Toni Morrison

Selected Writings


Notable Members

Martin Luther King, Jr.,

Activist and Minister

Thurgood Marshall,

Supreme Court Justice

Activist and Minister Supreme Court Justice

Selected Writings

Omega Psi Phi

Founded in 1911, Howard University

Notable Members

Langston Hughes

Novelist and Academic

Jesse Jackson

Activist, Minister, and Politician

Langston Hughes, 1936 Rev. Jesse Jackson

Selected Writings


Kappa Alpha Psi

Founded in 1911, Indiana University

Notable Members

 Dr. J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.

Nuclear Scientist, Mechanical Engineer, and Mathematician

Arthur Ashe

Tennis Legend and Activist

J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.

Photo by Dan Dry, CC BY-SA

American tennis player Arthur Ashe at the 1975 World Tennis Tournament

Photo by Rob Bogaerts CC BY-SA

Selected Resources

Zeta Phi Beta

Founded in 1920, Howard University

Notable Members

Zora Neale Hurston


Lillian E. Fishburne

Retired US Naval Admiral

Zora Neale Hurston

Public Domain Image

Lillian E. Fishburn, first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the US Navy

Public Domain Image

Phi Beta Sigma

Founded 1914, Howard University


Notable Members

Victor J. Glover

NASA Astronaut

George Washington Carver

Scientist, Botanist, Educator, and Inventor

Victor J. Glover, NASA astronaut candidate class of 2013

Photo by NASA/Robert Markowitz, Public Domain

George Washington Carver US Farm Security Admin portrait, 1942

Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Public Domain


Sigma Gamma Rho

Founded in 1922, Butler University

Notable Members

MC Lyte

Rapper, DJ, Actress, and Entrepreneur

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom

Sociologist, Writer, and Public Scholar

MC Lyte in 2019

Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA

Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, taken 2018

Photo by Lauren Garcia CC BY-SA


Iota Phi Theta

Founded in 1963, Morgan State University


Notable Members

Bishop Talbert Swan

Clergy and Activist

Tommie Frazier

Former NFL Quarterback and Football Coach

Bishop Talbert Swan

Photo by Mjones3927 CC BY-SA

Tommie Frazier, Nebraska quarterback

Photo by Athlon Sports CC BY-SA