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Black Greek-letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun / Edition 1
     

Black Greek-letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun / Edition 1

by Gregory S. Parks, Julianne Malveaux, Marc Morial
 

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ISBN-10: 0813124913

ISBN-13: 9780813124919

Pub. Date: 08/23/2010

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

During the twentieth century, black Greek-Letter organizations (BGLOs) united college students dedicated to excellence, fostered kinship, and uplifted African Americans. Members of these organizations include remarkable and influential individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, novelist Toni Morrison, and Wall Street pioneer Reginald

Overview

During the twentieth century, black Greek-Letter organizations (BGLOs) united college students dedicated to excellence, fostered kinship, and uplifted African Americans. Members of these organizations include remarkable and influential individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, novelist Toni Morrison, and Wall Street pioneer Reginald F. Lewis. Despite the profound influence of these groups, many now question the continuing relevance of BGLOs, arguing that their golden age has passed. Partly because of their perceived link to hip-hop culture, black fraternities and sororities have been unfairly reduced to a media stereotype -- a world of hazing without any real substance. The general public knows very little about BGLOs, and surprisingly the members themselves often do not have a thorough understanding of their history and culture or of the issues currently facing their organizations. To foster a greater engagement with the history and contributions of BGLOs, Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-first Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun brings together an impressive group of authors to explore the contributions and continuing possibilities of BGLOs and their members. Editor Gregory S. Parks and the contributing authors provide historical context for the development of BGLOs, exploring their service activities as well as their relationships with other prominent African American institutions. The book examines BGLOs' responses to a number of contemporary issues, including non-black membership, homosexuality within BGLOs, and the perception of BGLOs as educated gangs. As illustrated by the organized response of BGLO members to the racial injustice they observed in Jena, Louisiana, these organizations still have a vital mission. Both internally and externally, BGLOs struggle to forge a relevant identity for the new century. Internally, these groups wrestle with many issues, including hazing, homophobia, petty intergroup competition, and the difficulty of bridging the divide between college and alumni members. Externally, BGLOs face the challenge of rededicating themselves to their communities and leading an aggressive campaign against modern forms of racism, sexism, and other types of fear-driven behavior. By embracing the history of these organizations and exploring their continuing viability and relevance, Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-first Century demonstrates that BGLOs can create a positive and enduring future and that their most important work lies ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813124919
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
08/23/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
508
Sales rank:
887,108
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Julianne Malveaux xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Toward a Critical Scholarship Gregory S. Parks 1

Part I The Founders

1 The First and Finest: The Founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Stefan Bradley 19

2 The Vision of Virtuous Women: 'The Twenty Pearls of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Stephanie Y. Evans 41

3 The Last Shall Be First: The Founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Judson L. Jeffries 67

4 Women of Vision, Catalysts for Change: The Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Jessica Harris 73

5 Constitutionally Bound: The Founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Matthew W. Hughey 95

6 The Pride of All Our Hearts: The Founders of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Michael E. Jennings 115

7 Seven Schoolteachers Challenge the Klan: The Founders of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Bernadette Pruitt Caryn E. Neumann Katrina Hamilton 125

Part II Social Activism

8 A Narrative Critique of Black Greek-Letter Organizations and Social Action Jessica Harris Vernon C. Mitchell Jr. 143

9 Black Feminist Thought in Black Sororities Caryn E. Neumann 169

10 Giving and Getting: Philanthropic Activity among Black Greek-Letter Organizations Marybeth Gasman Patricia Louison Mark Barnes 187

Part III Groups Outside the National Pan-Hellenic Council

11 Strategic Essentialism and Black Greek Identity in the Postmodern Era Cynthia Lynne Shelton 213

12 "Eve Got All My Sisters with Me": Black Women's Organizations in the Twenty-first Century Shirley A. Jackson 233

Part IV Organizational Functioning

13 Sisterhood beyond the Ivory Tower: An Exploration of Black Sorority Alumnae Membership Marcia D. Hernandez 253

14 Exploring Black Greek-Letter Organizations through a Positive Organizing Lens Laura Morgan Roberts Lynn Perry Wooten 273

Part V Diversity

15 Not on My Line: Attitudes about Homosexuality in Black Fraternities Alan D. DeSantis Marcus Coleman 291

16 "I Did It for the Brotherhood": Nonblack Members in Black Greek-Letter Organizations Matthew W. Hughey 313

Part VI Contemporary Debates

17 Eating Disorders within African American Sororities Tamika C. Zapolski Gregory T. Smith 347

18 Modern Fraternities, Ancient Origins Charles S. Finch III 365

19 " 'Cuz I'm Young and I'm Black and My Hat's Real Low?": A Critique of Black Greeks as "Educated Gangs" Matthew W. Hughey 385

Part VII Advising Undergraduate Chapters

20 Black and White Greeks: A Call for Collaboration Edward G. Whipple Martin Crichlow Sally Click 421

21 Advising Black Greek-Letter Organizations: A Student Development Approach Ralph Johnson Darnell Bradley LeKeisha Bryant Darren M. Morton Don C. Sawyer III 437

Afterword Marc H. Morial 459

List of Contributors 461

Index 465

Illustrations follow page 186

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