Black Fraternities and Sororities cannot really claim to be relevant, can they? I don’t know if they really matter to those who aren’t members…
Hell, they might not really matter to those who are members! There are reasons why retention and reclamation is such a huge issue in Divine 9 organizations.
Black Fraternities and Sororities Need to Matter
But, what does that mean: they need to matter? What would relevance mean for Black fraternities and sororities?
I’ve remained active at the General Organization level in my fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha). I remain engaged with my Alumni Chapter – even though I’m no longer resident in the State. But I struggle with this idea of relevance. It seems like there’s no reason to be active in Black fraternities and sororities…no reason to be engaged – other than to say that you are, ya know?
There’s gotta be a better reason – right? There’s got to be a more virtuous reason for us to remain active and engaged in Black fraternities and sororities than the “shame of not being financial,” right? Or is that as good as it gets?
I needed an answer to this question, and I imagine you could use one too. So in this episode of Blacks with Power, I speak with Kelsey Rushing, the newly elected Southern Regional Vice President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc about his vision of relevance for Black fraternities and sororities.
How do you respond? Is relevance an issue that needs to be addressed in your fraternity/sorority? And how would you suggest going about reclaiming relevance? We would love to have your ideas…
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