Chanecka and Ana have been best friends since coming to college in 2008. Although they both have grown up on different sides of the States, fate lead them to Columbia, Mo. where they both are undergraduates at Stephens College. With little activity for Black women on campus, Chanecka and Ana both found sisterhood in Black Greek Life (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. respectively). This upcoming story will focus on the relationship between best friends, their collective vision as aspirants of BGLOs, and their struggle to create a safe place for women of color on their campus through their development of a new campus organization: B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Yes, I have been working on this folks! Gotta finish this Master’s degree! I’ll post more updates as I get them. 🙂
I decided I needed to make a visit to the “Cradle of Black Greek Civilization” also known to scholars as Howard University. The nickname was given because 5 of 9 BGLO’s were founded at HU. While Ithaca, NY is still #1 in my (and my brothers) hearts as the founding place for BGLO’s, I still must show respect to the soil on which the founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. laid the foundations of brotherhood/sisterhood.