Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "Black sororities may join Greek system"

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Article "Black sororities may join Greek system"

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This article published on October 19, 1989, in The Collegian, discusses the possible addition of black sororities to the University of Richmond -- Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. According to the article, the Committee on Sororities originally intended for black women to learn and enjoy the same experience as the white women on campus, but soon realized two factors that would make that difficult: First, many white female students coming to the university had previous ties with Sororities on campus through siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. This created an unequal advantage/familiarity with the Greek system for those students over black students. Second, the committee realized that black women needed their own space to share their experiences and bond over being black women. Black students interviewed for this article expressed the need for black sororities on campus not only for themselves, but for white people to learn more about black culture. Karen Young, an ECRSB junior said: "... I have learned a lot about white sororities, what they do and what they stand for...But I also feel that just as I learned, they [white students] should have the opportunity to learn about black sororities." This follows the establishment of the first black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, in 1980.

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McLaughlin, Veronica. "Black sororities may join Greek system." The University of Richmond Collegian 76, no. 07. (October 19, 1989): 1. http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL19891019.2.21&srpos=19&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

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1989-10-19

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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McLaughlin, Veronica, “Article "Black sororities may join Greek system",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed October 27, 2020, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/1648.