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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0 – New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities - University Press of Mississippi
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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0: New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities

Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks


At the turn of the twentieth century, black fraternities and sororities, also known as black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs), were an integral part of what W.E.B. Du Bois called the “talented tenth.” This was the top ten percent of the black community that would serve as a cadre of educated, upper-class, motivated individuals who acquired the professional credentials, skills, and capital to assist the race to attain socio-economic parity. Today, however, BGLOs struggle to find their place and direction in a world drastically different from the one that witnessed their genesis. In recent yea ... More

Keywords: fraternities, talented tenth, black community, socio-economic parity, sororities, skills, capital, race, black Greek-letter organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781604739213
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew W. Hughey, editor

Gregory S. Parks, editor

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Part I. Introduction

1. Public Realism

Matthew W. Hughey, and Gregory S. Parks

Part II BGLOs and the Intersection of Leadership, Religion, and Civil Rights

2. Passive Activism

Marybeth Gasman

4. Faith and Fraternalism

Kenneth I. Clarke Sr., and Tamara L. Brown

Part III The Gender Politics of Black Fraternalism

6. Black Greek-Letter Fraternities and Masculinities

Reynaldo Anderson, Paul M. Buckley, and Natalie T. J. Tindall

Part IV Racial Identity and Racism

7. Transforming Racism

Edith Wen-Chu Chen

Part V Representin’

Part VI Keeping Things In/On Line? Hazing and Pledging

Part VII Ebony in the Ivory Tower

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