ERIC Number: EJ706827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-7
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Black Greek-Lettered Organizations and Civic Responsibility
Evans, Stephanie Y.
Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n17 p98 Oct 2004
This article discuss the potential impact of Black Greek-Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) in advancing African American civil and political rights. During the antebellum years and Jim Crow era, barriers to Black voting included enslavement, anti-literacy laws, violence and intimidation, grandfather clauses, gerrymandering, literacy requirements, property requirements, threats of eviction or loss of jobs and poll taxes. African Americans who voted were largely met with recriminations of the worst kind--not the least of which was lynching. African Americans have waged a continuous struggle for equitable democratic participation. Therefore, we must continue to hold ourselves accountable for voting. Though there are clear barriers to Black political justice, that is no excuse for the level of civic ambivalence that plagues African Americans.
Descriptors: African Americans, Voting, Political Power, Elections, Activism, Citizenship Education, Civil Rights, Citizen Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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