African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision / Edition 1

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African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision explores the rich past and bright future of the nine Black Greek-Letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In the long tradition of African American benevolent and secret societies, intercollegiate African American fraternities and sororities have strong traditions of fostering brotherhood and sisterhood among their members, exerting considerable influence in the African American community, and being on the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Arthur Ashe, Carol Moseley Braun, Bill Cosby, Sarah Vaughan, George Washington Carver, Hattie McDaniel, and Bobby Rush are among the many trailblazing members of these organizations. The rolls of African American fraternities and sororities serve as a veritable who's who among African American leadership in the United States and abroad. African American Fraternities and Sororities places the history of these organizations in context, linking them to other movements and organizations that predated them and tying their history to one of the most important eras of United States history -- the Civil Rights struggle. African American Fraternities and Sororities explores various cultural aspects of these organizations such as auxilliary groups, branding, calls, stepping, and the unique role of African American sororities. It also explores such contemporary issues as sexual aggression and alcohol use, college adjustment, and pledging, and provides a critique of Spike Lee's film School Daze, the only major motion picture to portray African American fraternities and sororities as a central theme. The year 2006 will mark the centennial anniversary of the intercollegiate African American fraternity and sorority movement. Yet, to date, little scholarly attention has been paid to these organizations and the men and women who founded and perpetuated them. African American Fraternities and Sororities reveals the vital social and political functions of these organizations and places them within the history of not only the African American community but the nation as a whole.

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"Contributors:Tamara L. Brown, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky

Gregory S. Parks, JD, PhD - Assistant Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law

Clarenda M. Phillips, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Morehead State University

Joanne Belknap, PhD — Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder

Tyra Black, MS — Executive Director, My Brother's Keeper, Inc.

Carol D. Branch, PhD — Director, Student Resources Center, Otis College of Art and Design

Jerryl Briggs, Sr., EdD - Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Central State University

Anne S. Butler, PhD — Director, Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans, Kentucky State University

Crystal Renée Chambers, JD, PhD - Assistant Professor, Higher, Adult and Counselor Education, East Carolina UniversityJames Coaxum, III, PhD - Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Rowan University

Gloria Harper Dickenson, PhD — former Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African American Studies, The College of New Jersey

Tina L. Fletcher, Ed.M. - Secondary Educator, Anacostia Senior High School, Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Ginsburg — Forensic Interviewer, Sag Harbor Child Advocacy Center

Jessica C. Harris, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Historical Studies, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Robert L. Harris, Jr., PhD - Professor, Africana Studies, Cornell University

William H. Harris, PhD — President, Alabama State University

Danielle C. Heard, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of California-Davis

Marcia D. Hernandez, PhD — Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the PacificTed N. Ingram, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Student Development, Bronx Community College, C.U.N.Y.

Kenneth Mack, JD, PhD — Professor, Harvard Law School

Marcella L. McCoy Deh, PhD — Director of Honors Program, Philadelphia University

Anita K. McDaniel, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Andre McKenzie EdD — Vice President, Academic Support Services, Special and Opportunity Programs, St. John's University

Cheryl L. Nuñez, MEd — Vice Provost for Diversity, Xavier University

Sandra Mizumoto Posey, PhD — Director, Learning Communities and First Year Success and Associate Professor, Institute for Women's Studies and Services, Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Rashawn Ray, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland-College Park

Said Sewell, PhD — Associate Professor, Political Science and Executive Director, Academic Success Center, Fort Valley State University

Craig L. Torbenson, PhD — Associate Professor, Department of History, Witchita State University

MaryBeth Walpole, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education, Rowan University

Michael H. Washington, EdD — Professor, History Department, Director, Afro-American Studies, Northern Kentucky University

Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, PhD — Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Iowa" —

"One of the first scholarly works published on BGLOs, African American Fraternities and Sororities not only provides a history of these overlooked organizations and their impact on America but serves as an unbiased testament to the intellect, dignity, commitment, and courage of the 'Divine Nine' in their struggles against recial injustice." — Tennessee Historical Commission" —

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813123448
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,423,359
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamara L. Brown, associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, is a founding member of Pi Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Longwood College in Virginia.Gregory S. Parks is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the editor of four books including Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the 21st Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun; Critical Race Realism: Intersections of Psychology, Race, and Law; and Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in American College Fraternities and Sororities,.Clarenda M. Phillips is chair of sociology, social work, and criminology at Morehead State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Pledged to remember : Africa in the life and lore of black Greek-letter organizations 11
2 The origin and evolution of college fraternities and sororities 37
3 Black fraternal and benevolent societies in nineteenth-century America 67
4 The Grand Boule at the dawn of a new century : Sigma Pi Phi fraternity 95
5 Education, racial uplift, and the rise of the Greek-letter tradition : the African American quest for status in the early twentieth century 137
6 In the beginning : the early history of the divine nine 181
7 Lobbying Congress for civil rights : The American Council on Human Rights, 1948-1963 211
8 Sister acts : resistance in Sweetheart and Little Sister programs 233
9 The body art of brotherhood 269
10 Calls : an inquiry into their origin, meaning, and function 295
11 Variegated foots : the foundations of stepping 315
12 Sisterly bonds : African American sororities rising to overcome obstacles 341
13 Racism, sexism, and aggression : a study of black and white fraternities 363
14 How black Greek-letter organization membership affects college adjustment and undergraduate outcomes 393
15 The empty space of African American sorority representation : Spike Lee's School daze 417
16 "In the fell clutch of circumstance" : pledging and the black Greek experience 437
Future directions 465
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005


    I learned so much history from this book and that is really hard to find without being in a/the organization. It goes into details about the first fraternities and sororities black and white. It has collective data and charts to see the many organizations that are out there. This book was helpful to me in explaining things. I think it should be read exactly before somone pledges (if they are thinking about it) because it will enhance the seriousness and the importance of why people join the organizations. Not for colors, not for show, but for social activites and service comittment towards the community.

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