The Great Divide: The Chasm between Black Fraternal Ideals and Reality
Sociology Compass 8/2 (2014)
20 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2012 Last revised: 1 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 4, 2012
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
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