African American Fraternities and Sororities The Legacy and the Vision

ISBN-10: 0813129656

ISBN-13: 9780813129655

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Description: African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision explores the rich past and bright future of the nine Black Greek-Letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. 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 on the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Arthur Ashe, Carol Moseley Braun, Bill Cosby, Sarah Vaughan, George Washington Carver, Hattie McDaniel, and Bobby Rush are among the many trailblazing members of these organizations. The rolls of African American fraternities and sororities serve as a veritable who's who among African American leadership in the United States and abroad. African American Fraternities and Sororities 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 States history -- the Civil Rights struggle. African American Fraternities and Sororities explores various cultural aspects of these organizations such as auxilliary groups, branding, calls, stepping, and the unique role of African American sororities. It also explores such contemporary issues as sexual aggression and alcohol use, college adjustment, and pledging, and provides a critique of Spike Lee's film School Daze, the only major motion picture to portray African American fraternities and sororities as a central theme. The year 2006 will mark the centennial anniversary of the intercollegiate African American fraternity and sorority movement. Yet, to date, little scholarly attention has been paid to these organizations and the men and women who founded and perpetuated them. African American Fraternities and Sororities reveals the vital social and political functions of these organizations and places them within the history of not only the African American community but the nation as a whole.

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List price: $29.95
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 8/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historical Context
Pledged to Remember: Africa in the Life and Lore of Black Greek-Letter Organizations
The Origin and Evolution of College Fraternities and Sororities
Black Fraternal and Benevolent Societies in Nineteenth-Century America
The Grand Boul� at the Dawn of a New Century: Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
Education, Racial Uplift, and the Rise of the Greek-Letter Tradition: The African American Quest for Status in the Early Twentieth Century
In the Beginning: The Early History of the Divine Nine
Lobbying Congress for Civil Rights: The American Council on Human Rights, 1948-1963
Black Greek-Letter Organization Culture
Sister Acts: Resistance in Sweetheart and Little Sister Programs
The Body Art of Brotherhood
Calls: An Inquiry into Their Origin, Meaning, and Function
Variegated Roots: The Foundations of Stepping
Sisterly Bonds: African American Sororities Fusing to Overcome Obstacles
Contemporary Issues Confronting Black Greek-Letter Organizations
Racism, Sexism, and Aggression: A Study of Black and White Fraternities
How Black Greek-Letter Organization Membership Affects College Adjustment and Undergraduate Outcomes
The Empty Space of African American Sorority Representation: Spike Lee's School Daze
"In the Fell Clutch of Circumstance": Pledging and the Black Greek Experience
Future Directions
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
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