quote:Originally posted by Romulus Burnett:quote:Originally posted by OhBlackButterfly:
~Romulus, what is the alumni "member count" (ballpark figure) for all of the black greek letter organizations...combined? What kind of impact do you think that they could have on the situations in the black community if they all had a purposeful intent on "giving back" in some way, shape, or form to the black community? Little impact? Huge? Just curious. I'm sure that some do make that effort. But, my question really is about what would happen if all of them had such an interest. You know, like we all do have some interests in common on a human level, on a cultural level. I'm just wondering about the possibilities of a "critical mass" of progressive blacks collectively descending upon the black community. I'm thinking along the lines of that "change" from the grass roots that President Obama speaks of. And I'm guessing that this is Zakar's bone of contention...not enough "give back" from blacks that think much of their personal successes and achievements. I wonder if Obama will reach out to that part of the black population specifically and seek their help with his plans. ~
Several years ago it was estimated that Alpha Phi Alpha had around 150,000 members--give or take a few thousand. So, in the interest of time, lets say the most popular BGLO's Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta have a combined total of over a million people--give or take a few thousand.
Now, here's what you have to understand about BGLO's: The basis of fraternities and sororities is scholarship and service to the community in the collegiate level and, in particular, service to the community, on the alumni level. People on the outside looking in always assume fraternities and sororities are about nothing but partying and step shows. Socializing is a part of greek life on the collegiate and alumni levels. However, each organization has their own programs that are dedicated to addressing the various issues in the black community.
Alpha Phi Alpha, for examle, has several national programs such as Mentoring, World and National Affairs, Project Alpha, Leadership Training Institute, Alpha Academy, Go To High School, Go To College, Commission on Business, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Alpha Head Start Academy, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, March of Dimes, RIF, Cooperative Programs and Economic Development.
Alphas as well as any other BGLO's have helped black communities under the name of their prospective organizations, banded together in a panhellenic capacity or as individuals. There isn't a sector of the community, black or otherwise, where a frat brother or sorority sister isn't involved at the grass roots, local, state, federal or international level. True, some greeks may not be as involved as others while others make a lifelong commitment but no one can say that members of BGLO's are not involved in the black community.
The problem with people on the outside looking in is they only see greeks in action when we're wearing paraphernalia or when someone reads an article or hears a news report about some hazing activity, otherwise, we as well as our deeds and accomplishments in the black community are invisible. And 99% of the time you're not going to see a member of a BGLO running around the city in paraphernalia, particularly, the grown ass brothers and sisters that have matriculated and are serving their prospective alumni chapters of their organization throughout the community in normal street clothes. I've often run into Greeks of my own organization as well as other greek organizations that I had no idea were greek but were deeply involved in the black community on all levels. So take that into account before you listen to some idiot(s) that run around misinformed and miseducating people out of jealousy and enviousness.
You find any brothers in that picture wearing paraphernalia you let me know.
List of Alphas dedicated to the black community locally, state wise, federally, and internationally.
~WOW! The numbers/efforts are impressive and baffling at the same time! Approx. a million, huh? It's mindboggling to me that such an influence doesn't result in the complete and total abolishment of the "black ghetto" situation. I mean, that's a million role models is it not? How many does it take to turn southside and westside Chicago around...if that is what you really want to do? This is depressing. If a million passionate and intelligent and prosperous and forward-moving "club members" on a mission can't influence the problem enough...then what the hell? ~