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African American Fraternities and Sororities

The Legacy and the Vision

Edited by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks and Clarenda M. Phillips

Contributions by Gloria Harper Dickinson, Craig L. Torbenson, Jessica Harris, Said Sewell, Anne S. Butler, William H. Harris, Michael H. Washington, Cheryl L. Nuñez, Andre McKenzie, Robert L. Harris Jr., Crystal Renee Chambers, MaryBeth Walpole, James Coaxum III, Lisa Rasheed, Kenneth W. Mack, Mindy Stombler, Irene Padavic, Sandra Mizumoto Posey, Marcella Deh, Carol D. Branch, Marcia D. Hernandez, Anita McDaniel, LaVerne Gyant, Tina Fletcher, Tyra Black, Joanne Belknap, Jennifer Ginsburg, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, Rashawn Ray, Danielle Heard, Ted Ingram and Jerryl Briggs

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

552 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in, 30 photos, 7 tables, 6 graphs

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813123448
  • Published: March 2005


  • Paperback
  • 9780813129655
  • Published: September 2010



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. With a strong presence that endures on today's campuses, African American fraternities and sororities claim legendary artists, politicians, theologians, inventors, intellectuals, educators, civil rights leaders, and athletes in their ranks.

In this second edition of African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision, editors Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, and Clarenda M. Phillips have added new chapters that address issues such as the role of Christian values in black Greek-letter organizations and the persistence of hazing. Offering an overview of the historical, cultural, political, and social circumstances that have shaped these groups, African American Fraternities and Sororities explores the profound contributions that black Greek-letter organizations and their members have made to America.

New in the second edition:• Examination of the relationship between Christian values and organizational identity• Investigation of hazing rituals• Survey of academic performance in black Greek-letter organizations• Discourse on notions of masculinity in black Greek-letter organizations• Accounts of the professional lives of black Greek luminaries