Episode 44 Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) are considered to be those nine organizations founded between 1906 and 1963 that sought to provide a vehicle for black college students to associate with like-minded individuals and unite around common principles. At their founding, the five fraternities – Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta – and four sororities – Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho – required their members to dedicate themselves to academic excellence, leadership, and the improvement of black communities.
Yet today, the public BGLO narrative is dominated by stories of brutal hazing practices and the much-celebrated (and often-appropriated), culturally-significant art of stepping. With shows like VH1’s series “Sorority Sisters” outraging people in the Black community the question becomes whether there is any benefit to belonging to these groups? What changed?
Join our guests representing the sorority side of the Divine Nine as we explore the idea of sisterhood Mars Venus style.
air date 2/2/15