The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established in an age when racial segregation and disenfranchisement plagued African-Americans, the rise of each of the black fraternities and sororities that make up the NPHC bore witness to the fact that despite hardships African Americans refused to accede to a status of inferiority.
The organization’s stated purpose and mission in 1930:
Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.
The founding members of the NPHC were Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta. The council’s membership expanded as Alpha Phi Alpha (1931), Phi Beta Sigma (1931), Sigma Gamma Rho (1937), and Iota Phi Theta (1997) joined this coalition of Black Greek letter organizations (BGLOs).
In his book on BGLOs, Lawrence Ross coined the phrase “The Divine Nine” when referring to the coalition.
This is how it goes:
On the Hub: I see the same PSA over and over again about the first Black Astronaut.
On Nick: I see the same PSA over about the one female Black poet.
Black History is broken down to single, repeated PSAs, rather than spread out over years of accomplishments by people of color.
“The Congressman-elect is a bright mulatto of good address. He is an effective stump-speaker, and is very popular with his race, while enjoying the friendship of many white people in his district. He is very ambitious to do something toward elevating his race, and he will be pretty sure to be heard from when the new Congress assembles.”
Harper’s Weekly, March 2, 1889
The Honorable Henry Plummer Cheatham (R-NC), the only African American member of Congress in 1889. Cheatham, a graduate of historic Shaw University, served in Congress from 1889 to 1893.
I’m having 2008 election flashbacks when people (including his current VP Biden) said similar shit about Obama. Like over 100 years later.
“These are the “Good Ol’ Days” that Rick Santorum wish America to go back to, Rick Santorum ain’t worth a damn! http://huskybro.com/post/6352263427/white-america-was-great”
36 others are also watching Slavery By Another Name on GetGlue.com
My school is focusing on black women for this year’s Black History Month in order to be in line with this year’s national BHM theme of “Black Women in American Culture and History” and someone, a black male (in the community, not at my school… and supposedly a member of the local chapter of the NAACP), complained to those in charge that “no black men would attend” because they would “not benefit” from the events.
Wow. This is black male sexism in action.
Every year, my school has predominantly focused on black men… simply because no gender was specified and whenever that happens women are naturally cast to the side. Unless there is a specific initiative to remember the accomplishments of black women, only black men are remembered. That’s a fact. A decision to focus on women is an attempt to more fully remember black history, because there is no way that men can ever be forgotten. MLK and Malcolm X will be in every Black History Month regardless. (My Sorors) Daisy Bates and Dorothy Height will not.
But what bothers me most is the notion that a black man cannot receive anything from programming specifically about black women. This is exemplary male arrogance. A man’s experience is universal, but that of a woman is only confined to her interests.
It’s also interesting because the committee is predominantly made up of female students. It is also headed by a female student. I know my Sorority is putting on an entire week of programming for Black History Month. YET, women are maligned as not important enough to focus on our specific issues and concerns. And the bravery of our foremothers.
The man who responded to this sexist critique has a feminist consciousness, so he responded more than adequately. But, it alludes me that black men feel as if they are the only ones who truly matter in black history.
It points to a bigger problem. Black men feel as if they are the only ones who matter everywhere. Black History Month is nominal, but this notion extends to institutional racism and racial injustice (generally speaking) as well.
Black men feel as if racism primarily concerns them. The black man’s attitude is “give me rights because I’m a man too” and then I’ll be nice to my black woman and my black children. Not much has changed from decades ago when that was the black movement’s nearly official stance.
Meanwhile the black woman remains the mule of the world. Muted. Expected to aid in muting herself, in order to “uplift” the black man. And that starts with Black History Month. We are good enough to put on the month, but not good enough to focus on ourselves when it comes around. We are good enough to have the black man’s back when he struggling, but not good enough for him to do the same thing.
Ya’ll need to come correct. This is 2012.
AIN’T I A WOMAN? Alfre Woodard reads Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech to feminists.
submitted by grrrl-powr :
I just really want your opinion on this. It’s kind of sad that I know this guy personally.
thats how pervasive anti-black racism is… it convinces everyone that there is only one type of “aint bout shit” black person who can’t help but live a pathological life of destruction. Especially when there are next to zero non-stereotypical/non-negative representations of Black Americans in the mass media. Unfortunately, some blacks who who don’t fit the popular, erroneous stereotype, instead of thinking “i guess the way we construct African Americans is flawed, I should challenge this!” buy into the pervasive anti-black sentiment of this country & instead become self righteous, judgmental specal snowflakes.
happy black history month -_-
yes, you can be black and anti-black.