About :: History of BGC

The Black Greek Council originally began as the Black Greek Association on March 10, 1972. At that time, the average membership was 200. The purpose of this group was to promote Black Greek unity on campus. This group was reorganized under the name Black Greek Letter Association in October 1974. Roughly a decade later, the organization changed names again to the Black Greek Council.

Black Greek-letter organizations have been on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 100 years.  The university is home to four single letter organizations adding to the historic aspects and importance of the Black Greek Council and its organizations.  

Over the years, the Black Greek Council has served as the governing council for several Black Greek organizations including:

Organization Chapter Charter Date
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Tau March 3, 1917
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma February 12, 1914
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (closed) Beta February 8, 1913
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Pi Psi October 29, 1929
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Alpha Nu May 16, 1932
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (closed) Epsilon Xi May 19, 1972
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Nu Delta April 15, 1972
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (inactive) Delta Rho March 8, 1969
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (closed) Alpha Lambda April 11, 1980
Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Inc. Gamma June 8, 1997
Phi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. (closed)
Beta Phi Pi Fraternity, Inc. (closed) Delta