Rashid Darden is a novelist, educator, and 20-year veteran of the fraternal experience.

An accomplished teacher of the humanities with a focus on blended and personalized learning, Mr. Darden has achieved success with high school and adult students striving for GED, CASAS, TABE, Accuplacer, and other standardized examinations.

Mr. Darden has designed interdisciplinary courses and seminars in the humanities, including Passport to Black History and Brotherhood and Sisterhood Through Black Excellence.  He is noted for curating the David Bowie Syllabus, Nat Turner Syllabus, and Moonlight Syllabus.

While working for the National Campaign to Stop Violence, he created the ABC’s of Bullying Prevention, an initiative implemented by the Harlem Globetrotters.

Rashid began his fraternal journey as an undergraduate at Georgetown University, where he pledged Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.  A few short years later, he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha through a Washington alumni chapter, where he soon earned the Neophyte of the Year Award.  Rashid advanced to National Committee Chairmanships in both organizations.

His fraternal journey continued as a charter member of the second chapter of Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for artists, which appointed him to serve as National Executive Director and later elected him to serve as Third National President. Rashid completed his fraternal journey when he co-founded The Apollonians and became a Freemason.

In addition to his fraternal experience, Rashid has volunteered with the Georgetown Scholarship Program, DC Recovery Community Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, and Words Beats & Life, from which he received the Guardian Angel Award. Rashid received the Luminary Award from the Thursday Network of the Greater Washington Urban League in 2018, an honor bestowed on a young professional that exemplifies the National Urban League creed of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives.


I have had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Darden speak to our high schools students about important issues they face today or possibly in the future. He is an exceptional speaker with a natural ability to engage his audience and maintain their focus. He develops a connection with his audience and shares experiences that they were able to relate to based on the topic of discussion. His speaking engagement was enlightening, resourceful, and informative. I would definitely refer him to my colleagues or friends.
N. Lewis