Black Greek-Lettered Organizations and Civic Responsibility (Article, 2004) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Black Greek-Lettered Organizations and Civic Responsibility

Author: Stephanie Y Evans
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n17 p98 Oct 2004
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Y Evans
ISSN:0742-0277
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 425870430
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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.
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