African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, Clarenda M. Phillips

By Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, Clarenda M. Phillips

African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the imaginative and prescient explores the wealthy earlier and vibrant way forward for the 9 Black Greek-Letter organisations that make up the nationwide Pan-Hellenic Council. within the lengthy culture of African American benevolent and mystery societies, intercollegiate African American fraternities and sororities have powerful traditions of fostering brotherhood and sisterhood between their individuals, exerting massive impression within the African American group, and being at the leading edge of civic motion, group carrier, and philanthropy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Arthur Ashe, Carol Moseley Braun, invoice Cosby, Sarah Vaughan, George Washington Carver, Hattie McDaniel, and Bobby Rush are among the trailblazing participants of those agencies. The rolls of African American fraternities and sororities function a veritable who is who between African American management within the usa and out of the country. African American Fraternities and Sororities locations the background of those enterprises in context, linking them to different pursuits and corporations that predated them and tying their historical past to at least one of crucial eras of usa heritage -- the Civil Rights fight. African American Fraternities and Sororities explores numerous cultural points of those firms resembling auxilliary teams, branding, calls, stepping, and the original position of African American sororities. It additionally explores such modern matters as sexual aggression and alcohol use, university adjustment, and pledging, and offers a critique of Spike Lee's movie tuition Daze, the single significant movie to painting African American fraternities and sororities as a important subject matter. The yr 2006 will mark the centennial anniversary of the intercollegiate African American fraternity and sorority circulation. but, up to now, little scholarly realization has been paid to those agencies and the lads and ladies who based and perpetuated them. African American Fraternities and Sororities unearths the important social and political capabilities of those firms and areas them in the background of not just the African American neighborhood however the state as an entire.

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1 Thus begin the minutes describing the organization of Phi Beta Kappa, considered the first Greek-letter fraternity in the United States. Today there are more than 200 national fraternity and sorority organizations that are classified as social fraternities, in contrast to professional fraternities, honor societies, and recognition societies that also use Greek letters. This is, however, only part of the story; nearly ninety other national social organizations no longer exist. About 9 percent of these social fraternities and sororities are considered black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs).

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