The Black Greek Letter Council (BGLC) was founded in 1981 by a group of visionary African American students who had a desire to unite the historically Black fraternities and sororities on the Long Beach campus.
The Black Greek Community has a long history of providing leadership and service across the campus. On October 25, 1997 after 16 years as the BGLC, the California State University, Long Beach chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council was chartered.
This historic event aligned Black Greeks at CSULB with Black Greek Letter Organizations across the country. The CSULB-Pan-Hellenic Council officially embraced the philosophy, goals and mission of the national organization.
The Long Beach State chapter is actively involved in the campus and surrounding communities. Each year the council programs contribute to the educational and cultural enrichment of Long Beach students. The CSULB Pan-Hellenic Council has always had its place in the forefront of leadership and service for African American students. The CSULB Pan-Hellenic Council has eight chartered NPHC fraternities and sororities.
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Alpha Chapter,
• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Chi Chapter,
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Omicron Lambda Chapter,
• Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Delta Eta Chapter, Inc.,
• Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Kappa Chapter,
• Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Gamma Kappa Chapter,
• Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Tau Chapter,
• Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Chi Beta Chapter
The NPHC and the affiliate fraternities and sororities are involved in voter registration drives, programs of recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, programs to eliminate illiteracy, mentoring and tutorial programs, scholarship giveaways, health awareness workshops and community services.
The CSULB-NPHC has established a reputation in the western United States for it leadership and programming.
A number of CSULB-NPHC fraternity and sorority members have held national offices in the respective organizations.
The CSULB-NPHC annually hosts the largest collegiate produced Step Show in the western United States, Step Teams have traveled from as far away as New Jersey and Washington, DC to in the Long Beach State Pyramid in front of a crowd of 4,000 spectators. Not only does the Long Beach Step Show have a history of attracting the top teams from across the country but is serves as a huge community service event. Hundreds of tickets are donated to youth serving agencies from through out the Greater Long Beach area. In the morning the Step Show CSULB-NPHC partners with the office of University Outreach and School Relations and the Educational Opportunity Program to offer workshops on college preparedness and the college application process to African American high school students and their families. Those who participate in the workshop are provided with complementary tickets to the show.