An Open Letter to the Class of 2019
Black Sororities / Campus Life & Style / Delta Sigma Theta Sorority / Health & Wellness / Meharry Medical College / Tennessee State University

An Open Letter to the Class of 2019

Dear Class of 2019, May I be the first of many to extend a warm welcome to you! Congrats on your accomplishments to date, you’ve crossed the first of many milestones. I know you’re scared, worried, anxious, and excited, but as one who’s stood in your shoes I’m here to tell you this journey will … Continue reading

This is Why We “Step” | A History of Stepping in Black Greek-Lettered Life + Culture
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This is Why We “Step” | A History of Stepping in Black Greek-Lettered Life + Culture

Greetings to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Greetings to the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Greetings to the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. Greetings to the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Greetings to the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. Greetings to the men of … Continue reading

On Health | Regina Benjamin, Xavier University of Louisiana ’79
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On Health | Regina Benjamin, Xavier University of Louisiana ’79

Health is where we live, where we learn, where we work, where we play and where we pray. Health is in everything we do. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA 18th U.S. Surgeon General, Physician, Endowed Chair In Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Continue reading

On Women | Mary McLeod Bethune, Barber-Scotia College 1894
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On Women | Mary McLeod Bethune, Barber-Scotia College 1894

Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living. Mary McLeod Bethune, (1875-1955), Barber-Scotia Class of 1894, College President, Women’s and Civil Rights Activist   Continue reading

Nine Divine HBCU Sorority Sisters You Should Know
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority / Benedict College / Black Sororities / Bowie State University / Clark Atlanta University / Delta Sigma Theta Sorority / Florida A & M University / Hampton University / Howard University / North Carolina Central University / Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority / Spelman College / University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff / Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Nine Divine HBCU Sorority Sisters You Should Know

I confess. I’ve never watched a single episode of VH1’s Sorority Sisters. As a historian, as well as a social and cultural observer, I think it’s important that folk at least know what it is they are criticizing. But in this particular instance, there was no plot twist. The show was merely more of the same. … Continue reading

On What Faith Teaches | Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Tougaloo ’64
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On What Faith Teaches | Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Tougaloo ’64

The worst thing they [segregationists] could have done was kill us. Once you accept that—and faith teaches us that there are better things to come after death—then there is nothing to worry about. – Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Freedom Rider, Civil Rights Activist, Tougaloo ’64 Continue reading

Lessons In Leadership | HBCUs + Black Fraternities and Sororities
Alabama State University / Barber-Scotia College / Bennett College / Bethune-Cookman College / Black Fraternities / Black Sororities / Campus Life & Style / Clark Atlanta University / Defunct Black Colleges / Dillard University / Fisk University / Florida A & M University / History & Culture / Howard University / Langston University / Morehouse College / North Carolina A & T State University / NPHC / Paul Quinn College / Philander Smith College / Spelman College / Tennessee State University / Tuskegee University / Xavier University of Louisiana

Lessons In Leadership | HBCUs + Black Fraternities and Sororities

Originally published in HBCU Digest magazine, June 2014. It is virtually impossible to think about the culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) without thinking about the place of Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) on many, if not most, of their campuses. Dubbed the “Divine Nine,” after the nine-member National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), … Continue reading

Letters + Lessons for My Daughter | Mandilyn Graham, Clark Atlanta ’08
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Letters + Lessons for My Daughter | Mandilyn Graham, Clark Atlanta ’08

Dear Ellie, I love to watch you in your innocence like when I’m watching “A Different World” and you smile and dance to the theme song. To you it’s just a song you recognize and like but to fans of the show it’s a sitcom representation of the experience that only a small group are … Continue reading

“HBCU” | A Poem by Terry E. Carter, Fisk ’80
Alabama State University / Alcorn State University / Bethune-Cookman College / Black Fraternities / Black Sororities / Campus Life & Style / Clark Atlanta University / Fisk University / Florida A & M University / Hampton University / History & Culture / Howard University / Langston University / Lincoln University / Lincoln University of PA / Mississippi Valley State University / North Carolina A & T State University / Prose and Poetry / Tennessee State University / Tuskegee University / United Negro College Fund

“HBCU” | A Poem by Terry E. Carter, Fisk ’80

HBCU The Freedmen’s Bureau and other concerns, provided for that which a black man yearned. Degrees which only coloreds could earn… Classrooms where only Negros could learn… At times, in the places where crosses burned. Started in churches and normal schools— mindful of bigots, haters, and fools. Money raised in a thousand ways… from collection … Continue reading