In Search of Sisterhood

Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement

Author: Paula J. Giddings

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061984442

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 9162

This history of the largest block women's organization in the United States is not only the story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), but also tells of the increasing involvement of black women in the political, social, and economic affairs of America. Founded at a time when liberal arts education was widely seen as either futile, dangerous, or impractical for blacks, especially women, DST is, in Giddings's words, a "compelling reflection of block women's aspirations for themselves and for society." Giddings notes that unlike other organizations with racial goals, Delta Sigma Theta was created to change and benefit individuals rather than society. As a sorority, it was formed to bring women together as sisters, but at the some time to address the divisive, often class-related issues confronting black women in our society. There is, in Giddings's eyes, a tension between these goals that makes Delta Sigma Theta a fascinating microcosm of the struggles of black women and their organizations. DST members have included Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Church Terrell, Margaret Murray Washington, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, and, on the cultural side, Leontyne Price, Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Judith Jamison, and Roberta Flack. In Search of Sisterhood is full of compelling, fascinating anecdotes told by the Deltas themselves, and illustrated with rare early photographs of the Delta women.
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In Search of Sisterhood

Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement

Author: Paula J. Giddings

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688135099

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 3495

This history of the largest block women's organization in the United States is not only the story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), but also tells of the increasing involvement of black women in the political, social, and economic affairs of America. Founded at a time when liberal arts education was widely seen as either futile, dangerous, or impractical for blacks, especially women, DST is, in Giddings's words, a "compelling reflection of block women's aspirations for themselves and for society." Giddings notes that unlike other organizations with racial goals, Delta Sigma Theta was created to change and benefit individuals rather than society. As a sorority, it was formed to bring women together as sisters, but at the some time to address the divisive, often class-related issues confronting black women in our society. There is, in Giddings's eyes, a tension between these goals that makes Delta Sigma Theta a fascinating microcosm of the struggles of black women and their organizations. DST members have included Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Church Terrell, Margaret Murray Washington, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, and, on the cultural side, Leontyne Price, Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Judith Jamison, and Roberta Flack. In Search of Sisterhood is full of compelling, fascinating anecdotes told by the Deltas themselves, and illustrated with rare early photographs of the Delta women.
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Black Greek 101

The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities

Author: Walter M. Kimbrough

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838639771

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 5752

Black Greek 101 is the first book to provide a complete analysis of the culture of historically Black fraternities and sororities. Based on over ten years of research, Black Greek 101 presents a detailed history of Black fraternalism as a whole. As a unique culture within the college environment, these organizations are fascinating examples of the ways students form groups with their own artifacts, rites, customs, stories, and rituals that help them to adapt to the larger college environment. When members of Black fraternal organizations and non-members alike finish Black Greek 101, they will have a foundation for understanding some of the most interesting organizations that have influenced not only campus culture, but American culture as a whole.
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Disciplining Women

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities

Author: Deborah Elizabeth Whaley

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438432747

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 6252

An interdisciplinary look Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the first historically Black sorority.
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Black Greek-letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century

Our Fight Has Just Begun

Author: Gregory Parks

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813172950

Category: Education

Page: 508

View: 7703

During the twentieth century, black Greek-Letter organizations (BGLOs) united college students dedicated to excellence, fostered kinship, and uplifted African Americans. Members of these organizations include remarkable and influential individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, novelist Toni Morrison, and Wall Street pioneer Reginald F. Lewis. Despite the profound influence of these groups, many now question the continuing relevance of BGLOs, arguing that their golden age has passed. Partly because of their perceived link to hip-hop culture, black fraternities and sororities have been unfairly reduced to a media stereotype—a world of hazing without any real substance. The general public knows very little about BGLOs, and surprisingly the members themselves often do not have a thorough understanding of their history and culture or of the issues currently facing their organizations. To foster a greater engagement with the history and contributions of BGLOs, Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-first Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun brings together an impressive group of authors to explore the contributions and continuing possibilities of BGLOs and their members. Editor Gregory S. Parks and the contributing authors provide historical context for the development of BGLOs, exploring their service activities as well as their relationships with other prominent African American institutions. The book examines BGLOs’ responses to a number of contemporary issues, including non-black membership, homosexuality within BGLOs, and the perception of BGLOs as educated gangs. As illustrated by the organized response of BGLO members to the racial injustice they observed in Jena, Louisiana, these organizations still have a vital mission. Both internally and externally, BGLOs struggle to forge a relevant identity for the new century. Internally, these groups wrestle with many issues, including hazing, homophobia, petty intergroup competition, and the difficulty of bridging the divide between college and alumni members. Externally, BGLOs face the challenge of rededicating themselves to their communities and leading an aggressive campaign against modern forms of racism, sexism, and other types of fear-driven behavior. By embracing the history of these organizations and exploring their continuing viability and relevance, Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-first Century demonstrates that BGLOs can create a positive and enduring future and that their most important work lies ahead.
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The Book of Unauthorized Truth about Delta SIGMA Theta

Author: Lavon Julian

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781540849663

Category:

Page: 114

View: 4827

The Book of Unauthorized Truth about Delta Sigma Theta includes important truths about Delta Sigma Theta plus everything to know about pledging a black sorority.
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Secrets to Pledge a Black Sorority

Author: Itty Bitnique

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692400746

Category:

Page: 90

View: 1749

Secrets to Pledge a Black Sorority will help you learn about black sorority life. One can use the information simply to discern and understand, learn the process beforehand or to pledge one of the organizations. Whether you just want to learn, want to pledge Undergrad or Grad this little collectible book will help you! You will learn how to get accepted, how to handle yourself, the unspoken rules, black sorority hazing, the benefits, common questions, glossary of words, traditions, secrets, historical facts and so much more!
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The Divine Nine

The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

Author: Lawrence C. Ross

Publisher: Dafina Books

ISBN: 9780758203250

Category: Education

Page: 465

View: 2406

A history of America's nine Black fraternities and sororities explores the roles of these organizations in shaping generations of African-American leaders
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African American Fraternities and Sororities

The Legacy and the Vision

Author: Tamara L. Brown,Gregory S. Parks,Clarenda M. Phillips

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140730

Category: Education

Page: 552

View: 4705

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
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When and Where I Enter

The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America

Author: Paula J. Giddings

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061984922

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 5538

When and Where I Enter is an eloquent testimonial to the profound influence of African-American women on race and women's movements throughout American history. Drawing on speeches, diaries, letters, and other original documents, Paula Giddings powerfully portrays how black women have transcended racist and sexist attitudes--often confronting white feminists and black male leaders alike--to initiate social and political reform. From the open disregard for the rights of slave women to examples of today's more covert racism and sexism in civil rights and women'sorganizations, Giddings illuminates the black woman's crusade for equality. In the process, she paints unforgettable portraits of black female leaders, such as anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, educator and FDR adviser Mary McLeod Bethune, and the heroic civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, among others, who fought both overt and institutionalized oppression. When and Where I Enter reveals the immense moral power black women possessed and sought to wield throughout their history--the same power that prompted Anna Julia Cooper in 1892 to tell a group of black clergymen, "Only the black woman can say 'when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole . . . race enters with me.'"
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Ida: A Sword Among Lions

Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

Author: Paula J. Giddings

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061972940

Category: Social Science

Page: 832

View: 8229

In the tradition of towering biographies that tell us as much about America as they do about their subject, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweepingnarrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching: a practice that imperiled not only the lives of blackmen and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race. At the center of the national drama is Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), born to slaves in Mississippi, who began her activist career by refusing to leave a first-class ladies’ car on a Memphis railway and rose to lead the nation’s firstcampaign against lynching. For Wells the key to the rise in violence was embedded in attitudes not only about black men but about women and sexuality as well. Her independent perspective and percussive personality gained her encomiums as a hero -- as well as aspersions on her character and threats of death. Exiled from the South by 1892, Wells subsequently took her campaign across the country and throughout the British Isles before she married and settled in Chicago, where she continued her activism as a journalist, suffragist, and independent candidate in the rough-and-tumble world of the Windy City’s politics. In this eagerly awaited biography by Paula J. Giddings, author of the groundbreaking book When and Where I Enter, which traced the activisthistory of black women in America, the irrepressible personality of Ida B. Wells surges out of the pages. With meticulous research and vivid rendering of her subject, Giddings also provides compelling portraits of twentieth-century progressive luminaries, black and white, with whom Wells worked during some of the most tumultuous periods in American history. Embattled all of her activist life, Wells found herself fighting not only conservative adversaries but icons of the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements who sought to undermine her place in history. In this definitive biography, which places Ida B. Wells firmly in the context of her times as well as ours, Giddings at long last gives this visionary reformer her due and, in the process, sheds light on an aspect of our history that isoften left in the shadows.
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An Anthology of Sisterhood

22 Shades of Red

Author: Francene Breakfield

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615725260

Category: African American women authors

Page: 266

View: 7654

An Anthology of Sisterhood is a collection of more than 100 original poems, essays, short stories and lyrics commissioned from twenty-two women who are joined in sisterhood through their membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization that promotes scholarship, service, and sisterhood and connects these women with a unique and inseparable bond. Each chapter of the book highlights a different author and allows her to share her voice and unique experience of sisterhood. Topics include positive relationships among women, spirituality, friendship, sorority life, sibling rivalry, and gender equity. The roster of contributors represents 10 states and includes educators, health professionals, politicians, business owners, artists, and writers. They are leaders in their community and within their organization.
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Every Reason Why Delta Sigma Theta Is Better Than Alpha Kappa Alpha

An Exhaustive and Absolute List (Joke Blank Book)

Author: Better Blank Better Blank Books

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544688114

Category:

Page: 102

View: 5596

Great Gift For an AKA! Funny Gag Gift For Deltas! Finally, after years of research and thousands of soror interviews, all of the reasons that Delta Sigma Theta is better than Alpha Kappa Alpha compiled. As you will see, there aren't any! This mostly blank 102-page book is guaranteed to give the AKA in your life a big guffaw.
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Occasions to Savor

Our Meals, Menus, & Remembrances

Author: Edna Lee Long-Green

Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780399152030

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 613

The women of Delta Sigma Theta, a repected African-American women's organization, share more than 250 delicious recipes, compiled from members of the sorority, along with suggested menus and entertaining tips for specific occasions, ranging from bridal and baby showers to book club meetings, a backyard barbecue, and Christmas dinner. 25,000 first printing.
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Delta SIGMA Theta Secrets

The Little Unauthorized History Study Guide

Author: Itty Bitnique

Publisher: Itty Bitnique Collectible Books

ISBN: 9780692264034

Category: Greek letter societies

Page: 88

View: 356

This collectible little history study book includes the unauthorized history of Delta Sigma Theta with a COLLECTIBLE BOOK COVER. It includes information about the origin of the organization, founders, traditions, and secret college greek nomenclature.
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The Book of Unauthorized Truth about Kappa Alpha Psi

Author: Lavon Julian

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781540854223

Category:

Page: 102

View: 455

The Book of Unauthorized Truth about Kappa Alpha Psi includes important truths about Kappa Alpha Psi plus everything to know about pledging a black fraternity.
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Wayward Women

Sexuality and Agency in a New Guinea Society

Author: Holly Wardlow

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520245598

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 7794

Analyzes female agency, gendered violence, and transactional sex in contemporary Papua New Guinea. Focusing on Huli "passenger women," this work explores the socio-economic factors that push women into the practice of transactional sex, and asks how these transactions might be an expression of resistance, or even revenge.
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Bertha Pitts Campbell

The Founder We Knew

Author: Victoria Wheeler Raider Romero

Publisher: Authorsolutions

ISBN: 1483401022

Category:

Page: 132

View: 5913

Although Bertha Pitts Campbell devoted her life to many causes that improved the lives of people and strengthened her community, none meant more to her than Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which she and twenty-one other women founded in 1913 while attending Howard University. Through memories of Founder Campbell's sorors and family, four sister-friends share the achievements of an extraordinary woman who always lived life to the fullest and exceeded her goals. As a visionary member of the sorority, Founder Campbell marched in the 1913 Suffrage Parade for women's voting rights, orchestrated the sorority's international public service efforts, and helped transform the history of women and people of color. Her journey through life makes clear the fact that she was a brilliant thinker, passionate change agent, and empathetic leader who continuously strived for excellence. This biography tells the compelling history of the ideal Delta Girl who continues to inspire her sorors to live, live, live!
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