That’s right, it’s my return to the ‘HILL’. Howard University has an energy that I haven’t experienced before. My last visit, I was honored and a little dazed to be in the same space where so much history has taken place. Howard University (HU) is known as the “Cradle of Black Greek Civilization”. The nickname was given because 5 of 9 BGLO’s were founded at HU. The following are a small sample of what I found the last time I visited. I can’t wait to see whats waiting for me this time!While at HU, I spent some time in the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and found some AMAZING images in their archives. The above image is from the ‘The Bison’, HU’s yearbook. They were extremely nice for allowing me to work with them on finding images for my project. Here, the new Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. pledges, Archonians, line up outside of Rankin Chapel at HU in 1987. This practice was common at HU. During the first Sunday of the month, new pledges would line up and march to the center of the campus to spit information publicly to the campus community. Needless to say that 1987 was and is a lot different from 2011.
One of the things I hope to do while at HU is photograph some Founders Day celebrations. Both the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. were Founded this week (Jan.15,1908 & Jan.13, 1913 respectfully). I will be meeting with both groups of ladies as I travel to Washington. If there is one thing I was taught during my journey of becoming an Alpha Man, it was to respect EACH and EVERY Black Greek Organization in existence. If you have done any bit of research on these organizations, you know that there is a reason and benefit to having the brotherhoods and sisterhoods which extend around the world.
This was obviously the first ime I had seen line numbers reach all the way up to the hundreds. At Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) it is not uncommon to see new member initiations reach the hundreds on a yearly basis. While all BGLOs offer both Fall and Spring initiation, currently at Howard, only Spring lines are initiated. It is one of my goals to photograph a probate in the spring. I love doing what I do because I get to meet so many great people! I will post more images when I come back from HU.
Concrete and statue monuments give HU a dose of character. Look around the campus and you will find a number of special monuments erected to represent the D9 to the fullest. It is one of the things I hope to focus on while I am there Thursday-Sunday. I will be taking the NPHC photograph on Saturday morning, Jan.15, 2010 on main campus and hope everyone can come out to say whats up!!! Stay tuned family!
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