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Old 09-18-2003, 07:29 AM
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Black Greek 101

I thought this book deserved a thread of its own, and I didn't already find one.

Black Greek 101 by Walter Kimbrough is a book about the traditions of BGLOs. What I like most about the book is that it is by no means limited to NPHC organizations. In fact, I think that's the book's most important feature. Too many NPHC members behave as though there are still only eight organizations, when in fact, there are closer to 80 BGLOs.

I also think an important feature of the book was the discussions about hazing and membership intake. It was brutally honest on all sides. Reading about the many accounts of injuries that members inflict on "pledges" or even other members was pretty sickening.

Kimbrough even takes the bold approach of addressing the fact that homosexuality in our orgs is an issue that our leadership refuses to address.

It EVEN discusses the challenges of Latino Greeks.

This book has everything but the kitchen sink, and I STRONGLY urge that all Greeks and aspirants purchase it.
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:29 AM
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Is that 80 active black greek organization?
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:38 AM
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Of the 80, only SOME are no longer active.

The majority are very active local or regional organizations, many of which have national aspirations.
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:57 AM
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This book sounds really interesting. I've always wanted to learn more about BGLOs but information that isn't extremely biased is hard to find.
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Old 09-18-2003, 11:14 AM
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I am currently reading the book and as a research junkie I am enjoying it alot!
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Old 09-18-2003, 12:54 PM
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Does anyone know if it's out in paperback anywhere yet? I checked Amazon, but they don't have the paperback in, and I'd much rather pay $23.00 than $40 something.
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Old 09-18-2003, 02:44 PM
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Does anyone know if it's out in paperback anywhere yet? I checked Amazon, but they don't have the paperback in, and I'd much rather pay $23.00 than $40 something.
Try a local book store they are not giving out the paperback on Amazon. The hard cover is on sales at Barnes and Nobles.com

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Old 09-18-2003, 02:46 PM
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Does anyone know if it's out in paperback anywhere yet? I checked Amazon, but they don't have the paperback in, and I'd much rather pay $23.00 than $40 something.
The book JUST came out, so I doubt if it is in paperback yet.
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Old 09-18-2003, 02:59 PM
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Kimbrough is one intelligent brother

And one of the most driven men I've ever had the pleasure to meet. I look forward to reading this book (someday - the exchange rate in Canada is MURDER). If it's anything like his lectures, it will be highly informative and lively reading.
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Re: Kimbrough is one intelligent brother

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And one of the most driven men I've ever had the pleasure to meet. I look forward to reading this book (someday - the exchange rate in Canada is MURDER). If it's anything like his lectures, it will be highly informative and lively reading.
Why not get it on a visit to the U.S.?
I'm also going to budget and get this book soon. Sounds really interesting; I've seen excerpts and reviews on other Greek sites.
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Old 09-18-2003, 03:10 PM
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ST, I'd still have to pay the exchange rate one way or the other. $50 US is like $75 Canadian, and I love Walter, but DANG.

I'm going to ask the public library to order it. There may not be that many black folks in my town, but they're really good about ordering "black interest" books.
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Old 09-18-2003, 03:14 PM
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This book sounds really interesting. I've always wanted to learn more about BGLOs but information that isn't extremely biased is hard to find.
Do you mean biased in favour of one particular group?
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Re: Black Greek 101

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Originally posted by Senusret I
I thought this book deserved a thread of its own, and I didn't already find one.

Black Greek 101 by Walter Kimbrough is a book about the traditions of BGLOs. What I like most about the book is that it is by no means limited to NPHC organizations. In fact, I think that's the book's most important feature. Too many NPHC members behave as though there are still only eight organizations, when in fact, there are closer to 80 BGLOs.

I also think an important feature of the book was the discussions about hazing and membership intake. It was brutally honest on all sides. Reading about the many accounts of injuries that members inflict on "pledges" or even other members was pretty sickening.

sounds interesting. I might have to buy it and check it out.

Kimbrough even takes the bold approach of addressing the fact that homosexuality in our orgs is an issue that our leadership refuses to address.

It EVEN discusses the challenges of Latino Greeks.

This book has everything but the kitchen sink, and I STRONGLY urge that all Greeks and aspirants purchase it.

I'm planning to buy it. it sounds interesting.
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Old 09-21-2003, 03:22 AM
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Re: Black Greek 101

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It EVEN discusses the challenges of Latino Greeks.
Being in China at the moment, I'm not able to get the book without paying ASTRONOMICAL shipping rates, and my salary here doesn't really allow for such luxuries. But I am REALLY interested in this book, it sounds like a great read. And I would LOVE to hear what he has to say about Latino Greeks. If you would care to post any of his ideas about Latino Greeks, I would really appreciate it. Thanks
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Old 09-21-2003, 10:42 PM
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Do you mean biased in favour of one particular group?
Not so much in favor of a group, but in other situations: anti-hazing propaganda, saying that people who didn't "pledge" are all "paper", or just condeming the general evils of Greek life.
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