African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision (Hardback)
  • African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision (Hardback)

African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision (Hardback)

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Hardback 520 Pages / Published: 11/03/2005
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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 organizations 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, Cornell West, Martin Luther King Jr., Shaquille O'Neal, Toni Morrison, Bill Cosby, and W.E.B. DuBois were 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 organizations 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 organizations. African American Fraternities and Sororities is the authoritative history of these influential and sometimes controversial organizations.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813123448
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 897 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm


"Listes as a 2005 Best History Book by Black Issues Book Reviews." --

""[Black Greek-Letter Organizations] have historically served important civic functions for black America -- and this fine anthology has more than empirically established that claim." -- Journal of Southern History" --

""The essays explore the struggles, intentions, triumphs, and setbacks of a determined group of nine black Greek-Letter organizations (BDLO).... Descriptions of courageous and steadfast men and women who labored long and hard to develop a spirit of cooperation among collegiates and a commitment to building 'a better society for all' emblazon each chapter. This book is a resource that every college library and every chapter of every BGLO should own and circulate to keep its history alive." -- Black Issues Book Review" --

""A rich read about a side of Greek life seldom seen."-- Oxford American" --

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