Message from the Editor-in-Chief

Harrison-Ward, Editor-in-Chief

As we approach Black History Month, it is important to recognize the necessity and relevance of the impact of African-American fraternities and sororities.  With the exception of two, these organizations were founded at HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities). Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. began as study groups, but because of the social climate in the United States at the time of their founding, they and other fraternities and sororities soon took on a more civic-centered role in the African-American community by continuing to serve well beyond college.  Addressing the needs of the poor, under-educated, segregated, and politically disenfranchised, members of these organizations became the voices of their community.  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, and his wife, Coretta Scott King was a proud honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.  Senator Kamala Harris, 2020 presidential candidate, is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members marched in the Woman Suffrage parade in 1913. Shirley Chisholm, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, made history in 1968 by becoming the United States’ first African-American congresswoman. She was also the first major-party black candidate to make a bid for the U.S. presidency and a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.  Former Virginia Governor, Douglas Wilder, is the first African-American governor of a state since Reconstruction, and the first elected African-American governor; he is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Today, members of African-American fraternities and sororities are in every career field working to improve the lives of not just African-Americans, but all Americans.  

Stone MS boasts members of these fraternities and sororities.  Mrs. Harrison-Ward and Ms. Johnson are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Mrs. Pickett and Mrs. Cooper are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and Mr. Parker is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Founding dates and universities of the nine fraternities and sororities:

Fraternities:

Alpha Phi Alpha (1906, Cornell University)

Kappa Alpha Psi (1911, Indiana University)

Omega Psi Phi (1911, Howard University)

Phi Beta Sigma (1914, Howard University)

Iota Phi Theta (1963, Morgan State University)

Sororities:

Alpha Kappa Alpha (1908, Howard University)

Delta Sigma Theta (1913, Howard University)

Zeta Phi Beta (1920, Howard University)

Sigma Gamma Rho (1922, Butler University)