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African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision

African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision

By: Gregory S. Parks (editor), Tamara L. Brown (editor), Clarenda M. Phillips (editor)Paperback

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The first African American fraternities and sororities were established at the turn of the twentieth century to encourage leadership, racial pride, and academic excellence among black college students confronting the legacy of slavery and the indignities of Jim Crow segregation. Black Greek-letter organisations were also created to foster a sense of community among African American students on college campuses, and among their ranks are legendary artists, politicians, theologians, inventors, intellectuals, educators, civil rights leaders, and athletes. Nikki Giovanni, Cornel West, Martin Luther King Jr., Shaquille O'Neal, Toni Morrison, Bill Cosby, and W.E.B. DuBois are all members of black fraternities and sororities, and these groups continue to have a strong presence on campuses today. Offering a comprehensive overview of the historical, cultural, political, and social circumstances that propelled the creation of these groups, this collection of original essays references the profound contributions that black Greek- letter organisations and their members have made to American history. The contributors also examine current black Greek life and culture, addressing issues such as hazing and branding that are, perhaps unfairly, often at the forefront of discussions about these organisations. `African American Fraternities and Sororities' is the authoritative history of these influential and sometimes controversial organisations.

About 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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813129655
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 512
  • ID: 9780813129655
  • ISBN10: 0813129656

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