Celebrating Community:

A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions




All books with call numbers are owned by ODU Libraries and may be checked out by ODU students, faculty, and staff. Those books listed without call numbers can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.


Adams, Ola. Zeta Phi Beta: 1920-1965. Washington, DC: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, 1965.

Almond, Gabriel, and Sidney Verba. The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations. NJ: Princeton University Press, 1963.

Ashby, Muata. From Egypt to Greece: The African Origins of Ancient Greek Culture and Religion, and Modern Greek Fraternities, Sororities, and Masonry. FL: Cruzian Mystic Books, 2002.

Babchuk, Nicholas, and Ralph V. Thompson. "The voluntary associations of Negroes." American Sociological Review 27 (1962): 647-55.

Bigham, Darrel E. We Only Ask a Fair Trial: A History of the Black Community of Evansville, Indiana. IN: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Brown, S. Joe and Davis, Elizabeth L. The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs: The History of the Order of the Eastern Star among Colored People. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997.

Brown, Tamara L.; Parks, Gregory; Phillips, Clarenda M. African American fraternities and sororities: the legacy and the vision. KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2005. LJ31.A47.2005

Brunson, James E. Frat and Soror: The African Origin of Greek-Lettered Organizations. MI: Cleage Group Publication, 1991.

Bush, Rod. We are not what we seem: Black nationalism and class struggle in the American century. NY: New York University Press, 1999. E185.61.B98.1999

Cass, Donna. Negro Freemasonry and Segregation. IL: Ezra A. Cook Publications, 1957.

Clawson, Mary Ann. Constructing Brotherhood: Gender, Class, and Fraternalism. NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Collier-Thomas, Bettye. N.C.N.W., 1935-1980. Washington, DC: National Council of Negro Women, 1981.

Crump, William L. The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi: A History of the Beginning and Development of a College Greek Letter Organization, 1911-1991. PA: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, 1991.

Fahey, David M. The Black Lodge in White America: "True Reformer" Browne and His Economic Strategy. OH: Wright State University Press, 1994.

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Gidding, Paula. In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenges of the Black Sorority Movement. NY: Quill, 1988.

Grimshaw, William H. Official History of Freemasonry: Among Colored People in North America. NY: Books for Library Press, 1971.

Janken, Kenneth Robert. White: the biography of Walter White, Mr. NAACP. NY: New Press, 2003.

Jones, Ricky L. Black haze: violence, sacrifice, and manhood in Black Greek-letter fraternities. NY: State University of New York Press, 2004. LJ51.J66.2004

Kimbrough, Walter M . Black Greek 101: the culture, customs, and challenges of Black fraternities and sororities. NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003. LJ51.K56.2003

Ross, Lawrence C. The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities. NY: Kensington Books, 2000.

Turk, Diana B. Bound by a mighty vow: sisterhood and women's fraternities, 1870-1920. NY: New York University Press, 2004. LJ145.K35.T87.2004

Wesley, Charles H. History of Sigma Pi Phi: First of the Negro-American Greek-Letter Fraternities. Washington, DC: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1954.

Wesley, Charles Harris. Prince Hall: Life and Legacy. Washington, DC: United Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall Affiliation, 1997.

White, Deborah Gray. Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves. NY: Norton, 1999.

Williams, Loretta J. Black Freemasonry and middle-class pillarization. MO: University of Missouri Press, 1980. HS883.W54

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