Black Sororities Have Stood At The Forefront Of Black Achievement For More Than A Century
The nation’s four Black sororities have always differed from white sororities in several ways, in part because of their historical roots.
February 22, 2021 at 5:49 pm
In her speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Kamala Harris saluted seven women who “inspired us to pick up the torch and fight on.”
Many Americans may have wondered why Harris would invoke sororities on such an occasion. But not me. Like her, I am a proud member of a Black sorority: Delta Sigma Theta, which I joined as a student at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. If I were in Harris’ shoes, accepting such an unprecedented leadership role, I, too, would have paid homage to my sorority as a way to thank those on whose shoulders I stand.
This shoutout also resonated with me because I have researched the history of Black sororities and fraternities, including their dedication to combat discrimination and the lifelong family-like bonds they create.