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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities$
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Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.001.0001

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. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Community, and Professionalism

. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Community, and Professionalism

Constructing the Significance of BGLO Involvement in the Life of Loraine Richardson Green

(p.49) 3. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Community, and Professionalism
Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0

Yolanda Y. Johnson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the interrelationships among membership, professionalism, and community activism in black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) by focusing on the life of Loraine Richardson Green, second national president of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA). More specifically, it looks at the connectivity between Green’s AKA affiliation, the realization of her unique sociology, and her life’s passion and ultimate career as a community servant and activist. The chapter first considers Green’s sociology, especially her paradigm of feminist pragmatism, and how her training as a pragmatist at the University of Chicago and her AKA affiliation gave her a unique perspective. It then discusses her association with AKA and her employment with the Chicago Board of Education, her affiliation with the Chicago School of Sociology, and her volunteer work and activism in the community. Finallly, it highlights the connectivity between Green’s AKA affiliation, her sociology, and her various roles in community activism to include her position on the Chicago public school board.

Keywords:   membership, professionalism, community activism, black Greek-letter organizations, Loraine Richardson Green, Alpha Kappa Alpha, sociology, pragmatism, University of Chicago, Chicago Board of Education

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