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African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision Hardcover – March 11, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813123445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813123448
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Listes as a 2005 Best History Book by Black Issues Book Reviews." --



""[Black Greek-Letter Organizations] have historically served important civic functions for black America -- and this fine anthology has more than empirically established that claim." -- Journal of Southern History" --



""The essays explore the struggles, intentions, triumphs, and setbacks of a determined group of nine black Greek-Letter organizations (BDLO).... Descriptions of courageous and steadfast men and women who labored long and hard to develop a spirit of cooperation among collegiates and a commitment to building 'a better society for all' emblazon each chapter. This book is a resource that every college library and every chapter of every BGLO should own and circulate to keep its history alive." -- Black Issues Book Review" --



""A rich read about a side of Greek life seldom seen."-- Oxford American" --

From the Publisher

"The honorable and courageous history of the black Greek-letter organizations has often been overlooked and obscured by social jealousy and faulty information. And maybe even faulty expectations. Yet these 'divine nine' have shaped not only the history of African Americans but the history of America. The brothers and sisters who have pledged their best to each other and to their times have always risen to the occasion. Their good names, their fortunes, and their lives have been risked to uplift the downtrodden and gentle the arrogant. African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision is an important look at the glorious contributions they have made." --Nikki Giovanni, (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority), University Distinguished Professor and Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

More About the Author

Gregory S. Parks, JD, PhD (psychology) is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest School of Law. Dr. Parks served as a Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School. He also worked as a judicial law clerk on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Customer Reviews

This book really gave me knowledge on black Greek letter organizations.
Juwan Campbell
The scholarship in this book is groundbreaking yet at the same time provides a pleasant read for non-academics.
MJ Smyzer
It's a little more pricey than the rest, but DAMN, ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
Madison Peighton Mitchel

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By nonhandkerchiefhead on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Good book for what its worth.

Not necessarily original in its approach nor is the writing spectacular in quality, but a worthy effort. However, the reviews given thus far ring slightly cult-like thus making the subject text be even more like propaganda.

Take for example a text authored by a Liberterian touting the triumphs and general good points of a political administration/era and its policies. Then, display positive reviews from other like-minded indiviguals. Right or wrong they believe in their world view, tactics and 'cultural' norms. No one would accept however that they give an unbiased opinion of the book and its subject matter. It is believed that the reviews presented thus far on this text are in the same vein. Biased and lacking the true objectivity that history/sociology/anthropology/the social sciences demand.

Speaking as a member of Omega Psi Phi (SP88), I know that my group is not perfect and neither are the others. This text presents an overall history that focuses on the positive for the most part without equally addressing what needs to be done to keep these organizations relevant, safe and non-elitist.

Also, the claim that "Africa" has been preserved and perpetuated in the rituals, public accounts, and service projects of BGLOs is a little far fetched. Yes, we can draw similarities to any 'tribal' group's rituals. The same things that are reported to be of African tradition can be found in the traditions of Native American groups in North and South America.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MJ Smyzer on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There is only one glaring flaw with this book--that the editors did not bring it out years ago! African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision is what every member or aspiring member of a black Greek-letter organization has been waiting for. FINALLY, a book on these groups with substance, depth, and that covers a wide range of issues. For the first time, a book places the history of these groups in context--tying them to organizations that predated them, the racial climate of the time, and movements that came later. The other two sections provide an incredible amount of insight into their culture and those issues with which they struggle. The scholarship in this book is groundbreaking yet at the same time provides a pleasant read for non-academics. If you are interested in fluff or a mere primer on these groups, African American Fraternities and Sororities is not the book for you. For those who want a deeper understanding of black Greek-letter organizations, this is THE book for you!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Blumberg on December 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One of the most comprehensive books covering all topics of Greek Life with the focus on BGLOs. I highly recommend this book for any Greek Member.
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By Juwan Campbell on June 24, 2014
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This book really gave me knowledge on black Greek letter organizations. The condition of the book was also brand new.
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By Sullivan Johnson on October 25, 2013
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Enjoyed the read, but did not realize the book I bought was a first edition. The second edition has more content and contains studies not included in first edition.

Sullivan Johnson III
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By Jessica Fullilove on May 5, 2013
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Used this book for a Greek 101 Class, was very helpful and informative, It also has a lot of information about organizations that you cant get online off national websites
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If you're looking to understand the history and meaning of BGLOs or you want to join a BGLO, this book is the answer!
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book after being very dissatisifed with The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities. On the positive side, this book was MUCH more comprehensive than the latter. I was overwhelmed with the plethora of information that went beyond just the history of Black greek-letter organizations. Some new subjects that I learned about was the development of Prince Hall Freemasonry, the first Black fraternity Sigma Pi Phi, and Black benevolent societies, all thriving organizations that served Blacks precededing BGLOs. I learned about the formation of White greek-letter organizations, which was important to know because it helped you better understand the eventual formation of BGLOs. I found the parallels made between BGLOs and their white counterparts very helpful in the respect that it aided me to further understand BGLO's place in this society. Just as fascinating was the connections made between some aspects of African culture and BGLO culture (stepping, chanting, etc.). Whether conscious, unconscious, or totally unrelated and exaggerated (like another reviewer commented), they were still very interesting to note.

In spite of the wealth of information in this book, there were still some holes. For instance, in the chapter about the "sweetheart" organizations I would've liked to know how these auxilary organizations were formed. And there were some other subjects spoken about in the book where the writer would introduce a specific topic then say "further research has to be done on this." So in some chapters, I was left with more questions than answers. This was done enough times throughout the book to get me a bit irritated. Also, the information on White greek-letter organizations was a little to excessive sometimes.
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