The origins of the NPHC Chicago are a confluence of need and opportunity. The following retrospective was compiled by Sandra Kelly and Sonja D. Gidney in 1994.
On April 17, 1982 an article appeared in the New York Times, entitled, “End of an Era – Setback in Civil Rights for Blacks.” The article had a devastating effect on a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity named Jack Childs, Sr. Mr. Childs felt some action needed to be taken to address the issues raised in the article. Mr. Childs called his fraternity brother James Hill to get his reaction.
A meeting was convened at Jack Childs’ office and was attended, by James Hill, Auggeretto Battiste, and Don Trotter (currently State Senator of Illinois), all members of Alpha Phi Alpha. It was determined that community action could not be carried out under the Fraternal name and an invitation was extended to the other historically African American membership Greek letter organizations.
The name chosen for this group was The Pan Hellenic Community Action Council of Chicago (PHCACC) and their first objective was to launch a massive voter registration drive spearheaded by Elliott Green of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The Pan Hellenic Community Action Council was incorporated on December 16, 1982 following with the writing of our Constitution and Bylaws.