PushBlack: Social Activism, Black Greeks, and Media Representations




We’ve been talking a lot about voting rights lately, and coincidently the historic Voting Rights Act was passed 50 years ago today, through the work of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Shabazz, Huey P. Newton, Zora Neal Hurston, Thurgood Marshall – all of whom were members of Black Greek Letter Organizations.



Hey, PushBlack fam! Lately, we’ve been talking about voting rights. Coincidently, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed 50 years ago today because of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Betty Shabazz, Huey P. Newton, Zora Neal Hurston, and Thurgood Marshall – all of whom were members of Black Greek Letter Organizations. From criminal justice reform to organizing for reproductive rights, black greeks continue to work on the issues affecting the black community.

The power of the black sorority.

Y’all may be familiar with the ever so talented U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. What you may have not known is that her sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. stood alongside her throughout her drawn out confirmation process. Often operating behind the scenes, the political influence of black sisterhood is extremely powerful. The women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and other black greeks demonstrated, once again, that they challenge the status quo and create social change everyday.

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The documentary that’s going to change black greek life.

Beyond This Place is a documentary project highlighting the influence of black greek life on American culture. The project explores how black sororities and fraternities affect the lives of their members, and it identifies ways that these important fixtures in black culture are evolving so that they can better serve the black community. Watch poet Nikki Giovanni and journalist Marc Lamont Hill discuss the role of Black Greek Life Organizations in this four-minute video.

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Take Action

Check out Dream Defenders, an organization striving for black liberation and founded by Phillip Agnew, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Where’s PushBlack Today?

This week, PushBlack family members @ArICEstotle_6, @phiveislive, @DLScott06, @humphreymarion, and @getonmylevel55 will be chilling with the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at their National Convention in the Queen City: Charlotte, North Carolina. We look forward to hearing how Alphas across the country are making a difference in their respective communities. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with the convention.

Song of the Day

“Alpha, step Omega, step Kappa, step Sigma, step Gangstas walk Pimps gon’ talk Ooh hecky nah that boy is raw”

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Mahlek Pothemont @phiveislive
Kassim Alani @ArICEstotle_6