The Great Divide: The Chasm between Black Fraternal Ideals and Reality

31 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2012 Last revised: 9 Aug 2012

Gregory Scott Parks

Wake Forest University School of Law

Rodney T. Cohen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 4, 2012

Abstract

Black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”) are unique and complex organizations with a rich history. BGLO members are defined by the ideals of high academic achievement, the development and sustaining of fictive-kinship ties, racial uplift, and a commitment to the perpetuity of their organizations. Drawing upon the growing corpus of BGLO scholarship, this article investigates the extent to which Black fraternities have remained faithful to these ideals.

Keywords: African-American, fraternities, identity

Suggested Citation

Parks, Gregory Scott and Cohen, Rodney T., The Great Divide: The Chasm between Black Fraternal Ideals and Reality (August 4, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2123780 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2123780

Gregory Scott Parks (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

Rodney T. Cohen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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