By Rodney T. Cohen
As the men of Alpha Phi Alpha were concluding their centennial celebration in 2006, thousands of men in crimson and cream and purple and gold were gearing up for theirs in 2011. By the end of July 2011, two other historically black fraternities, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, would have hosted their centennial conclaves celebrating 100 years of achievement, manhood, scholarship and uplift.
While turning 100 is a significant milestone for any organization, it is particularly sweet for these two fraternities born out of a climate of racism, resistance and ostracism. And while the accomplishments of Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, along with Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma, have been undeniably profound much of its recent history associated with hazing, abuse, misogyny and buffoonery, has threatened to taint their rich histories and legacies.
What has happened in black Greekdom in recent decades propelling them into quasi-gangs?