Photographic Conceptualizations of Jarrad Henderson

Beyond This Place

African American Fraternities and Sororities have played an important role in the development of Black identity for over one hundred years.  Beyond This Place is a project that seeks to validate the important past and contemporary history of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) in a never before seen collection of images.  A documentary style of photography explores the depth of past organizational traditions, contemporary challenges, and future aspirations for the collection of nine historically Black Fraternities and Sororities.  Below is a portion of my Masters Project/Thesis proposal.

Unlike any other Americans, people of African descent have had an ongoing cultural identity crisis.  Far enough removed from their African roots to have held onto few culturally relevant rituals and customs, the people of African descent in America began the process of finding themselves.  Forty-two years after Emancipation the establishment of a self-determined group of college educated Black men would create energy which yielded self-determination and a desire to prosper through the challenges of segregated America.  The concept of a Black fraternity, born out of racial discrimination and isolation on college campuses, would spread throughout America with the establishment of other fraternities and sororities using the model to create organizations that were dedicated to the development of it’s members and the Black community.  The resulting discourse and the people involved in these organizations would eventually help discover and define the identity of African Americans through the Black Arts, Black Power, and Civil Rights movements.

Beyond This Place exist to document the important history of BGLOs, the role these organization play in shaping the African American college experience, and the challenges faced by these organizations when facing the question “Are BGLOs still relevant today?”  The project consist of two parts: the creation of a visual archive of BGLOs images from the first 100 years of existence (1906-2006) and the creation of a collection of my images documenting the BGLOs experience today.

If you have any information that would help me with my project, I would greatly appreciate an email with possible library archives or personal images you would like to submit for this work.  I can be reached at

12 responses

  1. Rhoshawndra

    This is an excellent concept, purpose, & vision. I know this will be successful! Keep me in the loop Jarrad. I am so proud of you! You stay blessed my friend, my club…a true ACE!

    October 23, 2008 at 2:00 am

  2. Sounds great! Like I said before, you and I need to keep in close contact these next couple years. Our projects are very complimentary to each other.

    October 23, 2008 at 2:30 am

  3. Danielle Salovich

    Jarrad the website is amazing! Make us all proud 🙂

    October 23, 2008 at 3:35 am

  4. Lakeisha

    I think this is a great project because it’s so important to understand the past in relation to the present and future conditions we live in. Good luck! I can’t wait to see the outcome.

    October 26, 2008 at 11:42 pm

  5. Miss Maryland

    Jarrad! I love your blog…welcome to the blogging world! Make sure you check mine out to!

    Your going to go very far!

    December 7, 2008 at 11:08 am

  6. Stacey

    Your work is truly amazing! I am so glad to know you are doing well. It would have been nice to have worked with your chapter while you were still here but I am glad you are pursuing your dreams. I look forward to seeing you whenever you come back to visit.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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  8. Jennifer

    You are incredibly talented! I cannot wait to see more!

    April 18, 2009 at 10:56 pm

  9. Dragon 6

    I cannot put into words how proud i am of you. I am most proud to know that through you ;the next generation of Henderson’s will be even stronger.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

  10. Q.

    Flashing lights! Love it! 🙂

    December 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

  11. Kevvin

    ASU Alumni…found you on Virtual Mosaic.

    If you’re back in Phoenix, then I’d love to collaborate with you on theatrical project.

    Seek First

    September 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

  12. Courtney

    Just wanted to say…
    love the blogsite!!!

    September 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

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