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2 Storied Black Sororities—AKA and Delta—Won’t Let Their Members Protest While Wearing Greek Letters

The national organization of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. issued a directive to its members to “refrain” from wearing sorority letters when participating in “marches, rallies and/or protest activities.” (DeltaSigmaTheta.org screenshot)
The national organization of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. issued a directive to its members to “refrain” from wearing sorority letters when participating in “marches, rallies and/or protest activities.” (DeltaSigmaTheta.org screenshot)

 

(The Root) – Collectively known as the Divine Nine, black fraternities and sororities have long been central to the African-American college experience—standing as vanguards of social justice, community service, black excellence and achievement.

So it has been surprising and, to many members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., disappointing that they’ve been forbidden by their respective organizations from wearing their Greek-letter paraphernalia while participating in protests that have been sparked around the country to voice anger and frustration at nonindictment decisions for former Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson and New York City police Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

AKAs received an email that said sisters could wear sorority colors at protests, but asked them to “refrain” from wearing any sorority “paraphernalia.” Deltas were notified of a similar prohibition on their organization’s website.

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