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Title Black Greek-letter organizations in the twenty-first century : our fight has just begun / edited by Gregory S. Parks.

Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xviii, 490 pages, 11 unnumbered page of plates) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : toward a critical scholarship / Gregory S. Parks -- The first and finest : the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity / Stefan Bradley -- The vision of virtuous women : the twenty pearls of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority / Stephanie Y. Evans -- The last shall be first : the founders of Omega Psi Phi fraternity / Judson L. Jeffries -- Women of vision, catalysts for change : the founders of Delta Sigma Theta sorority / Jessica Harris -- Constitutionally bound : the founders of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta sorority / Matthew W. Hughey -- The pride of all our hearts : the founders of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity / Michael E. Jennings -- Seven schoolteachers challenge the Klan : the founders of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority / Bernadette Pruitt, Caryn E. Neumann, and Katrina Hamilton -- A narrative critique of black Greek-letter organizations and social action / Jessica Harris and Vernon C. Mitchell, Jr. -- Black feminist thought in black sororities / Caryn E. Neumann -- Giving and getting: philanthropic activity among black Greek-letter organizations / Marybeth Gasman, Patricia Louison, and Mark Barnes -- Strategic essentialism and black Greek identity in the postmodern era / Cynthia Lynne Shelton -- "I've got all my sisters with me" : black women's organizations in the twenty-first century / Shirley A. Jackson -- Sisterhood beyond the ivory tower : an exploration of black sorority alumnae membership / Marcia D. Hernandez -- Exploring black Greek-letter organizations through a positive organizing lens / Laura Morgan Roberts and Lynn Perry Wooten -- Not on my line : attitudes about homosexuality in black fraternities / Alan D. DeSantis and Marcus Coleman -- "I did it for the brotherhood" : nonblack members in black Greek-letter organizations / Matthew W. Hughey -- Eating disorders within African American sororities / Tamika C. Zapolski and Gregory T. Smith -- Modern fraternities, ancient origins / Charles S. Finch III -- "'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 -- Black and white Greeks : a call for collaboration / Edward G. Whipple, Martin Crichlow, and Sally Click -- Advising black Greek-letter organizations: a student development approach / Ralph Johnson [and others].
Summary For much of the twentieth century, black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) united individuals dedicated to excellence, fostering kinship ties, and uplifting African Americans. Despite the profound influence of BGLOs, many now question the continuing relevance of these groups, arguing that their golden age has passed. Partly because of the influence of hip-hop culture, the image of BGLOs has been unfairly reduced to a stereotype-a world of hazing and stepping without any real substance. Not only does the general public know very little about these groups, but often the members themselves do no.
Other author Parks, Gregory, 1974-
JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Greek letter societies -- United States.
African American college students -- Societies, etc.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780813172958 (electronic bk.)
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