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Recent Publications

  • Invictus: Hazing and the Future of Black Greek-letter Organizations
    Author(s): Gregory S. Parks
    Abstract:

    Hazing has been a persistent issue within National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations—the nine, major black Greek-letter organizations (“BGLOs”)—for generations. It is an issue that many of the organizations’ leaders and members as well as commentators and critics believe will result in the ultimate demise of these groups. While BGLO hazing has persisted in some shape or form since the early parts of the 20th Century, efforts to end it have been, largely, fruitless. From the perspective of Gregory S. Parks, JD, PhD—author of Invictus: Hazing and the Future of Black Greek-letter Organizations—a significant reason why hazing within BGLOs has not been curtailed is because the organizations have been ineffective in appreciating the nuances of the issue. In essence, they look at it through the lens of, simply, problematic undergraduates and a handful of enabling alumni members. However, there are myriad of difficult questions that BGLOs must grapple with if they are to make any true progress toward a solution for hazing.

    What is the actual arc and history of hazing, especially within BGLOs? What is the tally of deaths, injuries, institutional sanctions, and both civil and criminal sanctions? Why are members wedded to their beliefs that hazing is either fruitless or fruitful for the longevity of BGLOs? Does it matter what method is used to bring potential members into BGLOs with regard to the extent that they remain committed to their organization and its members? Do factors like personality, impulsivity, and risk awareness influence hazing, and if so, are there solutions that can be drawn from said findings? Are BGLOs more physically violent than their white counterparts? Are BGLO fraternities more violent than BGLO sororities? To what extent do questions about black masculinity and homophobia undergird hazing in BGLO fraternities? Is there a broader culture of rule and law violation, by-stander effect, and demonizing whistle-blowers within BGLOs—seen even at the higher echelons of leadership—that is emblematic of what you find among the undergraduates? Does personality motivate hazing “victims” to seek out victimization? Can “victims” actually consent to hazing? Assuming that they can, what evidence in litigation might be used for an effective defense? Ultimately, are BGLOs on the brink of their demise, and what factors may lend support for this conclusion?

    In sum, this book seeks to answer these, and other, questions.

     

    -- Gregory, S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D., Wake Forest University School of Law

     

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  • Leadership and Service: The Making and Remaking of Alpha Phi Alpha
    Author(s): Gregory S. Parks
    Abstract:

    In 1929, Brother Dr. Charles Harris Wesley published his path-breaking history of African American, collegiate-based fraternal life—The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development of Negro College Life. In those pages, and in subsequent editions of the Fraternity’s history, Brother Wesley tells a story, in large part, about the many men—and some women—who helped make Alpha Phi Alpha great. Countless of these individuals are nothing more than names associated with offices or committees or events or places. The reader is left to wonder: who are these individuals; what are their, respective, stories? It is my hope that this book answers those questions for some of those individuals—that it provides some context to who the individuals are who sacrificed and served to move Alpha Phi Alpha toward what the Jewels envisioned the Fraternity to be.

    -- Gregory S. Parks, J.D., Ph.D., Wake Forest University School of Law

     

  • The Sutton Years at ZSR
    Author(s): Susan Smith
    Abstract:

    Mem'ries,

    Light the corners of my mind

    Misty water-colored memories

    Of the way we were...

  • Jacob's Ladder
    Author(s): Laura Wilson
    Abstract:

    Laura Stringfellow Wilson is the author of four children's and young adult books including JACOB'S LADDER. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. Her poetry has been published by the University of Illinois; she won the Ernest Hemingway Short Story Award from the University of Florida. A retired teacher and social worker, she is a guest lecturer for Black History and Hispanic months in Lake County Schools.

     

    JACOB'S LADDER is the story of two children who may have lived in Illinois in pre-Civil War times.

  • Quite Happy
    Author(s): LC Williams
    Abstract:

    Poems.

    Lamaya Covington Williams, aka LC Williams, has received awards for her writing, including the 2001 A. D. Ward medal from Wake Forest University. Her work has appeared in the Wake Forest University Philomathesian and Can-I-Poet-With-You? series, as well as The Winston-Salem Journal and other publications.

    She has been guest lecturer at Bennett College, Wake Forest University and The University of Florida. She teaches humanities at Forsyth Technical Community College.

    A print edition of this book is available here.

  • Ros-en-velopes
    Author(s): WFU Hanes Art Gallery