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It is time for us to stop addressing the symptoms and begin addressing the root of the problem- July 8, 2016
WITH ALL THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY SURROUNDING FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES AS A RESULT OF HAZING, RYSE WANTED TO SHED A BRIGHT LIGHT ON THE POSITIVE SIDE BEHIND WHY THESE ORGANIZATIONS WERE STARTED.
Sororities are commonly defined as a college social club or organization for women, with particular distinction given to African American sororities. Birthed at a time in history when the traditional roles of women were being challenged, the founders of the first Black sororities had to overcome the stereotypical views of sexism and racism as well. These young people were considered exceptional in their own considering that a college education was not easily accessible to African Americans. By contrast, within mainstream society they were subject to rejection because of the color of their skin, having to prove their capabilities in the intellectual environment of the collegiate world. The need arose to organize a support system, the horizontal ties known as sisterhood. Destined to become leaders, nine women stood strong and formed the first African American sorority in 1908.
Now over a quarter of a million women belong to Black sororities with numbers increasing yearly. These women make a lifetime commitment to continue the legacy of building social capital and uphold the strong ideals of education, integrity, public service and activism.
Black fraternal organizations were initiated during a time in history when a societal view of academic education for African Americans seemed impractical. The formation of African American Greek-letter societies were in direct defiance to the view that Blacks were incapable of understanding Greek study besides their exclusion from White Greek-letter groups.
There are four major sororities, all of which were established in early twentieth century, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Howard University, 1908), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Howard University, 1913), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (Howard University, 1920), and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority (Butler University, 1922). These organizations have significantly impacted the African American community as well as civil society itself.
The AKA’s were the first to incorporate in 1913, and since, the organization has evolved into an affiliation of college educated women committed to academic excellence, ethics, mentoring and public service. Today, the sorority has an impressive membership of more than 250,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.
“Being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. provides me with an unbreakable bond with upstanding women across the nation, and the globe, upon which I can rely on no matter where my life takes me. It is a means of service both within my community, and outside of my community,” states Cheryl Smith, President of the AKA Nu Iota Omega Chapter.