Gordon D. Morgan
Scarith, 2011
164 Pages, 18 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9832451-4-8 Paperback

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About the Author

Gordon D. Morgan is University Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His writings have spanned many aspects of the African American and Diasporian experience. His work and research have carried him to the Far East, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has received fellowships from Ford, Russell Sage, American College Testing Program, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the book

Black Greeks are still quite visible in black community life. They make up a large percentage of the black middle class in almost any city where that ethnicity is numerous. They have spread to Africa and the Caribbean as well. It is fairly hard to become distinguished in these communities without being Greek. There were originally eight of these Greek Letter Societies and they were roughly paired across gender lines. Marriage partners were often considered along Greek lines. Community activities, such as the Howard University Boat Ride, were Greek sponsored.

There is, and remains a tendency of young Greeks to be proud of their brothers who are in the national spotlight. The Alpha Phi Alphas doted on Martin Luther King, Jr., as a member. The Omega National Headquarters was in Washington, D.C., for years. Men like Jesse Jackson, Michael Jordan, Shaq O’Neal, and many others, including Bill Cosby, are Ques. There were struggles to see which colleges had more brothers as presidents.