African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision

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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 in the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy. African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision places the history of these organizations in context, linking them to other ...

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Overview

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 in the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy. African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision 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 State history-the civil rights struggle. The book explores various cultural aspects of the organizations, such as auxiliary groups, branding, calls, and stepping, and highlights the unique role of African American sororities.

Exploring the rich past and bright future of the nine organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, African Fraternities and Sororities reveals the vital social and political functions of black Greek-letter organizations and examines their influence and service to the African American community and the nation.

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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: 9780813136622
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 1,428,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamara L. Brown, associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, is a founding member of the Pi Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Longwood University in Virginia.Gregory S. Parks, assistant professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is the editor of Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the 21st Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun and coeditor of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of TranscendenceClarenda M. Phillips is professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Social Work at Morehead State University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Black Greek- Letter Organization Scholarship: A Look Backward, a Look Forward Tamara L. Brown Gregory S. Parks Clarenda M. Phillips 1

1 Pledged to Remember: Africa in the Life and Lore of Black Greek-Letter Organizations Gloria Harper Dickinson 9

2 The Origin and Evolution of College Fraternities and Sororities Craig L. Torbenson 33

3 Faith and Fraternalism: A History Jessica Harris Said Sewell 63

4 Black Fraternal and Benevolent Societies in Nineteenth-Century America Anne S. Butler 75

5 The Grand Boulé at the Dawn of a New Century: Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity William H. Harris 101

6 Education, Racial Uplift, and the Rise of the Greek-Letter Tradition: The African American Quest for Status in the Early Twentieth Century Michael H. Washington Cheryl L. Nuñez 141

7 In the Beginning: The Early History of the Divine Nine André McKenzie 183

8 Lobbying Congress for Civil Rights: The American Council on Human Rights, 1948- 1963 Robert L. Harris Jr 213

9 Academic Achievement of African American Fraternities and Sororities Crystal Renée Chambers MaryBeth Walpole James Coaxum III 233

10 Lucy Diggs Slowe: Not a Matron but an Administrator Lisa Rasheed 249

11 A Social History of Everyday Practice: Sadie T. M. Alexander and the Incorporation of Black Women into the American Legal Profession, 1925-1960 Kenneth W. Mack 267

12 Sister Acts: Resistance in Sweetheart and Little Sister Programs Mindy Stombler Irene Padavic 289

13 The Body Art of Brotherhood Sandra Mizumoto Posey 307

14 Calls: An Inquiry into Their Origin, Meaning, and Function Marcella L. McCoy 331

15 Variegated Roots: The Foundations of Stepping Carol D. Branch 351

16 What a Man: The Relationship between Black Fraternity Stereotypes and Black Sorority Mate Selection Marcia D. Hernandez Anita McDaniel LaVerne Gyant Tina Fletcher 377

17 Racism, Sexism, and Aggression: A Study of Black and White Fraternities Tyra Black Joanne Belknap Jennifer Ginsburg 395

18 The Empty Space of African American Sorority Representation: Spike Lee's School Daze Deborah Elizabeth Whaley 425

19 "Bloody, but Unbowed": Making Meaning of "Invictus" and "If-" the Shaping of a Collective Black Greek Identity Rashawn Ray Danielle Heard Ted Ingram 445

20 The Continuing Presence of Hazing during the Fraternity Membership Intake Process Post 1990 Jerryl Briggs 477

Selected Bibliography 497

List of Contributors 511

Index 515

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