The official magazine of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Iota Nu Sigma Chapter, Chicago, IL.
NOTABLE BLACK GREEKS Do They Really Represent? Also Inside: Hazing: Legal, Moral and Social Implications for BGLOs • Chicago Notable Black Greek Gallery
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Editor’s Message Social Action Programs BLU Tuesday
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FEATURES “Black Fraternities: Promoting Academic Excellence, Community Service and Strong Leaders,” 8 Black fraternity reps give positive view of organizational history and programs during the 4th Annual African American and Lation Symposium sponsored by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work.
Marching for Babies
Iota Nu Sigma Chapter raises nearly $8,500 for the international partnership initiative with March of Dimes Foundation.
The Houses that Sigma & Delta Built
INS joined forces with the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Glen Ellyn Alumnae Chapter to aid in the development of homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Introducing: S. S. Access Hollywood
Celebrate the joining of new blood, as four worthy gentlemen enter the ranks of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Also view the pictorial review of their awesome Neophyte celebration.
Hazing: Legal, Moral and Social Implications for BGLOs
Hazing is the No.1 critical issue facing the existance of Black Greek-Lettered Organizations. Read how some of our legal professionals weigh in on the serious subject matter.
Notable Black Greeks: Do They Really Represent
ON THE COVER Sigma VIPs in Chicago: Left to Right - Judge Carl Anthony Walker, Circuit Court of Cook County, Upsilon Sigma Chapter; State Rep. Ken Dunkin, 5th District, Illinois Senate, Iota Phi Sigma Chapter; Eric C. Warner, CEO, Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Iota Nu Sigma Chapter and Ronald M. Holt, Director of Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS), City of Chicago. Brother Dexter Greene photographed the Sigma VIPs at Norman’s Bistro, 1011 East 43rd Street, Chicago, IL.
Their lauded because of their popularity and sought for honorary membership because of their contributions to society, but do they truly represent the ideals of Black Greek-Letter Organizations. Do they truly reflect a positive light on BGLOs?
Someone You Should Know
The Sentinel presents Nine Divine Black Greeks that are making waves in their respective industries and the community.
The Chicago Notable Black Greek Gallery
The Sentinel pulled together some of Chicagoland area’s most notable celebrities and VIPs that proudly carry the banner of one of the nine National Pan Hellenic Council affiliates.
Sorority Night 2 at Blu Tuesday
INS’ Blu Tuesday presented the second installment of Sorority Night. Zetas, AKAs, Deltas and Sigma Gamma Rhos represented well once again at the new and swank hot spot Sawtooth Restaurant and Lounge in Chicago’s west loop.
As Chapter President one of my greatest experiences has been the opportunity to publicly recognize brothers for their commitment to their community and to Sigma. This month we are honored to have four pillars of Sigma in the Chicagoland area grace our cover. The Honorable Judge Carl Anthony Walker and his anchor, Bro. Eric Warner of S.S. Blue Ambition were initiated November 24, 1982 together at the University of Illinois at Champaign. These brothers are special not only for achieving excellence in their professions, (Bro. Walker for becoming a judge and Bro. Warner as the CEO of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers) but also for maintaining their commitments to the Fraternity through active service. Bro. Ken Dunkin is currently the State Representative for the 5th District of the State of Illinois and Bro. Ron Holt who leads the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies Program (CAPS), as a result of his commitment to ending the violence which on Chicago streets which claimed his son as a victim. These brothers are men of vision, accomplishment, service and commitment and we are blessed to have them in Chicago. In this issue, we introduce you to members of the rest of the Black Greek-lettered community in Chicago who are making a difference. It is our belief that these are people that you should know, they shine a positive spotlight on the “Divine Nine” of Chicago. I am excited to introduce to you S.S. Access Hollywood, four dynamic brothers whom we recently welcomed into our “Wondrous Band.” Check out the pictures from their neophyte as we introduced and celebrated them. Over the past months, we were on the scene as co-sponsors for Dominican University’s 4th Annual African American & Latino Symposium; “Creating Healthy & Sustainable Communities.” A special presentation titled "Black Fraternities: Promoting academic excellence, community service and strong leaders” featured our own Brothers Steve Ballard and Quincy Roseborough. We also set out to do bigger and better things with the Annual March of Dimes/March for Babies. The chapter succeeded in raising over $8,500 for the event, topping all previous chapter records. We congratulate and present to you team Iota Nu Sigma. In this issue, we discuss the ongoing topic of hazing and the implications for the future of Black Greek-lettered organizations. Anytime an organization brings in new members, the topic of hazing is always mentioned. Editor Kent Poindexter does an outstanding job of bringing to light the critical legal challenges that all of the organizations face. As we head to our international Conclave in Atlanta, we wish all of the candidates for office good luck. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that one of INS’s own, Bro. Charles Talbert is being considered for nomination for the highest honor in Sigma, induction into the Distinguished Service Chapter. We believe Bro. Talbert has exemplified the best in our Fraternity, and we applaud his achievements and the impact that he has had on the lives of so many brothers. We hope you enjoy the latest issue of The Sentinel and we thank you, our readers for your support. Finally, The Sentinel cannot exist without the generosity of those who commit to advertising on these pages—Thank You!! Committed to Change Brother Renaldo Dixon President, Iota Nu Sigma Chapter Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
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RENALDO DIXON DR. KENT L. POINDEXTER STEVE E. BALLARD KEVIN DAVIS DEXTER E. GREENE GILBERT G. JOSE KAMAU KADIRIFU DESMOND L. KEMP
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This issue of The Sentinel endeavors to carry on our tradition of bringing to readers a taste of life as experienced in the Black Greek community of Chicago. Over the years, we have shared with you, our readers, some of the more entertaining aspects of “our world”, in hopes that we can provide a more positive look at what it means to be a part of some of the oldest institutions in African American culture. While we continue that tradition in this issue, we are also sharing a more provocative look at what it means to be African American and members of the sororities and fraternities which make up the “Divine Nine”. Why? Because we believe that in order for us to be true to our community, as well as to the high ideals which each organization represents, we must also take a close and critical look at how we are perceived in the community.
In these pages, we invite you to join us in looking at two significant issues confronting the Black Greek-lettered community. First, we will share some insights on how African American public figures who happen to be members of Black fraternities and sororities can use their “celebrity status” to enhance their individual organizations, and the Black Greek community. Then we are taking an honest look at the issue of hazing in our organizations. I need to say that this is a particularly sensitive issue for all nine organizations. What you will read are the opinions of individuals who are part of the “Divine Nine”, and may not be representative of the stance of their international organizations. It is our hope that the insights shared in these pages will sharpen our vision, clarify our focus and remind all of us of the reasons why we support Black Greek-lettered organizations. As most of our organizations approach centennial celebrations, we must work harder to continue to be relevant. The challenge is yours. Cordially, Brother Kent L. Poindexter Editor-in-Chief
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On The Greek Scene
4th Annual African American & Latino Social Work Symposium Sponsored by Iota Nu Sigma Chapter - Phi Beta Sigma For the second year, Iota Nu Sigma Chapter participated in the Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work’s annual African American & Latino Social Work Symposium. This year, the chapter signed on as a community sponsor for the department’s fourth installment entitled “Creating Healthy & Sustainable Communities.” Keynoting this year’s symposium was Reverend Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, Pastor, Saint Sabina Church and noted Civil Rights Activist. The Circuit Court of Cook County’s Juvenile Justice Division and Urban Imaging Group were the event’s co-sponsors, and other community sponsors included Habilitative Systems, Inc., Lyceum Books, Inc., and Trinity Christian College. A special agency presentation entitled “Black Fraternities: Promoting Academic Excellence, Community Service and Strong Leaders,” featured representation of and presentations by the five historically Black-Greek Lettered Organizations. Brother Quincy Roseborough, Vice Director of Great Lakes Region and INS Director of Education, represented Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Brother Steve E. Ballard served as the moderator.
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PANELISTS: (Left to Right) Dr. Mark Rodgers, Dean, Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work, Bro. Ronald M. Holt, Director of Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS), Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, Felicia L. Townsend, Asst. Dean of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing, Dominican Univ. Graduate School of Social Work, Jeanette M. DiBella, Principle, Providence St. Mel School, Amparo Del Socorro Castillo, Training Director, Midwest Latino Health Research Training and Policy Center at University of Illinois at Chicago, Alex Perez (moderator); Leticia Villareal Sosa, Asst. Professor, Dominican University, Graduate School of Social Work, and Venita Williams-Westbrook, Executive Director and Founder, Elijah’s House. PHOTOS PAGE 8: 1. Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger receives the 2011 Visionary Social Work Award from Dr. Mark Rodgers, Dean and Felicia Townsend, Asst. Dean, Dominican University Graduate School of Social Work. 2. Felicia Townsend brings greetings. 3. Brother Ronald M. Holt, panelist for the morning session. PHOTOS THIS PAGE: 1. Bro. Steve E. Ballard, moderates the presentation “Black Fraternities: Promoting Academic Excellence, Community Service and Strong Leaders.”
SPONSORS: (Left to Right) Bro. Steve E. Ballard, Account Executive/Creative Director, Urban Imaging Group; Donald Dew, Habilitative systems, Inc.; Dr. Mark Rodgers, Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, Felicia L. Townsend, Bro. Renaldo Dixon, President, Iota Nu Sigma Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
2. Ryzell McKinney, President, Rho Zeta Lambda Chapter and Illinois District Director, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 3. Terrence Simms, member, Richton Park Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. 4. Willie L. Lewis, member, Pi Nu Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
5. Bro. Quincy Roseborough, Director of Education, Iota Nu Sigma Chapter and Vice Regional Director, Great Lakes Region, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. 6. Alton Bradley, member, Alpha Theta Omega Chapter, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.
Social Action Program
IOTA NU SIGMA CHAPTER MARCHING FOR BABIES Front Row - Left to Right: Bro. Bert Brown, Bro. MaShaun Alston, Bro. Nathaniel Collins, Bro. Renaldo Dixon (President), Bro. Damien Spaulding, Bro. Darius Fearrington, and Bro. Andre McKinstry. Back Row: Bro. Lamont Lennear, Bro. Eddie Carey, Bro. Harold Black (Director of Social Action), Bro. Gregory Bey, Bro. Abraham Mobley, Bro. Kevin Jefferson and Bro. Jayson Cruz.
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rothers made their way happily to Grant Park the morning of April 17, 2011, and with good reasons – the annual March of Dimes Walk for Premature Birth Research had been remapped, allowing us to bypass the sometimes tedious and narrow path up the Gold Coast and Michigan Avenue (fighting tourists and traffic at every intersection); it was a brisk 47 degrees, but there was NO FREEZING RAIN and it was SUNNY (first time in 2 or 3 years of our participation), and most importantly, we entered the race having raised $8,500, a record fund raising effort for the Iota Nu Sigma Chapter!
Brothers arrived at various intervals leading up to the 9am start time. A sea of BLUE and WHITE began to emerge amidst the spattering of Black/Gold, Blue/Gold, Brown/Gold, and Purple/Gold – these were the initial citings, later joined by Pink/Green and Red/White. On this day in Grant Park, one could see an abundance of a cavalcade of colors clothing people of color, parading for a cause that is extremely relevant within the world and certainly the African American community. Brothers, Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta and our Sigma Beta Club were all there, ready for a very worthy cause. The March of Dimes – March for Babies Campaign is well rooted in communities across the country. According to the MOD website, “When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.” According to the MOD research and statistics, approximately 100,000 African American newborns are affected each year by the common, costly and serious problem of premature birth. Some of the long-term consequences of unattended premature births include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, lung, auditory and sight problems. According to MOD, no one really knows why African American women are more likely than any other race or ethnicity, to go into labor three or more weeks earlier than the full term pregnancy. These concerns provide the incentive for Black Greek-lettered organizations to join with the March of Dimes, to raise much needed funds for research, education and awareness to be given back to the communities in which we live. Iota Nu Sigma has supported the March of Dimes Walk for the past 10 years. Charles Talbert, one of the Team INS Walkers, feels very strongly about the level of support given by the Iota Nu Sigma Chapter. Says Talbert, “I don’t always walk (don’t tell my sponsors!); but I DO always RAISE funds. Iota Nu Sigma has been aggressive and proactive in its support of the March of Dimes, and we have dutifully participated each year under the MOD/Phi Beta Sigma Partnership. We are very proud to have raised almost $8,500 this year and we know it is going to a great cause.”
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By Brother Charles H. Talbert The 70’s Broadway hit, The Wiz, ends in a tribute to self-realization, self-fulfillment and love, when Dorothy sings “Home.” She finds that the very essence of what she’s looking for, can always be found right there – at home.
wanted to do since 1995. I think this is community service at its core - getting down and dirty for the cause! This is by far the best service project I’ve ever done and I have worked on dozens of projects.
With similar objective, on April 16, 2011, Iota Nu Sigma, in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, set out to help someone regain self-realization, self-fulfillment and yes, even love, when we participated in a DuPage County Habitat for Humanity Project, and spent the day working on creating and restoring love to those in need of it, by building a new and a refurbished house for occupancy.
Much of what I did was difficult – I am NOT a handyman. Coming on site, you don’t receive much training and there’s some expectation that you’d know how to do some of these types of projects. Working with Delta Sigma Theta was fantastic – you can tell that public service is instinctive for them.
On that fairly cold and wet Saturday, five brothers of INS and five sisters of the Delta Glen Ellyn Chapter (numbers prescribed by the Habitat organization) traveled to Carol Stream, and from 8am until 3:30pm they worked on two homes. One of our members, Brother Marcus Morgan, remembers the day: BRO. MORGAN, DESCRIBE THE EVENT WITH HABITAT AND DELTA SIGMA THETA: We started out with group prayer, led by the Habitat staff members. They provided us with a list of things to accomplish for the day and then separated us into the two groups – one for each house. And then we worked. And worked. AND WORKED. WHAT TYPES OF THINGS DID YOU DO? I was in the group that went to the refurbished house. We started out working in the basement, sweeping and mopping floors. We moved on to doing some wood framing, installing cables for phone and internet connections. We put up the mailbox, installed window blinds, and painted rooms. Other projects included renovating the garage and installing and painting a new front door. The intended occupant for this house, Ms. Petty, was present as intended occupants are required to commit a certain number of work hours to their intended house. She’s a single mother and she and her three children moved in during the month of May. BRO. MORGAN, HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PROJECT? Working with Habitat for Humanity was something I’ve 14
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I started the day excited - it was my birthday, and I ended the day excited as well, just tired! This is not a warm and fuzzy service project – it’s WORK. But it is so rewarding and I recommend it to everyone. We were invited to come back for the home dedication and move-in. DESCRIBE THE IMPACT ON PBS/INS AND GIVE US SOME CLOSING THOUGHTS. What we did on this day was extremely important as service is the keystone of our organization and it is why we exist. If you were to speak to any of the participants, you’d learn that everyone had a fantastic experience. You could hear the vigor and excitement as people talked about it. For some of us it was life changing. For me it was another huge notch on the service belt for me, Iota Nu Sigma and Phi Beta Sigma. I think the collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta was huge. I believe they consistently set a service standard in Black-Greek life and after being part of the build, I still stand by my belief. FINALLY, BRO. MORGAN, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU THINK OF (A) HOME? Home is my place of refuge and solace, my place of comfort. It’s a place full of love and family. That’s home. Bro. Morgan’s sentiment is shared by all the Brothers who worked on that project, and the brothers of Iota Nu Sigma, who agree, in the words of Dorothy, that “we must all look inside our hearts to find a world full of love, like yours; like mine . . . like home . . .”
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Bro. Darius N. Fearrington – Captain P.E.A.B.O. Bro. Fearrington, 46, was born in Washington, DC and reared in Mebane, NC. He studied music education and received a BFA degree from The Boston Conservatory of Music. Darius does double duty as a supervisor for Starbucks’ Company and musical theater actor, having performed in many theater productions in Illinois, Wisconsin and New York. His hobbies include painting, refinishing furniture, and photography. “I’m most impressed that our organization stands on the inclusive we, rather than the exclusive we; and the motto aligns with my personal, professional and spiritual beliefs,” shares Bro. Fearrington.
Bro. Jayson S. Cruz – Deuce Boomerang Bro. Cruz, 35, was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, IL. Jayson received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Chicago State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Governors State University. He is a Legal Accountant Specialist with the Social Security Administration. A single father of two, he enjoys mentoring, bowling and writing. “I wanted to be part of a brotherhood that has created an environment of integrity and ethical behavior that can be seen from a mile away,” says Bro. Cruz.
Bro. Abraham Mobley – The Entertainer Bro. Mobley, 33, is a native Chicagoan. “Abe”, as he’s affectionately called, holds a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Governors State University and currently pursuing a Masters degree at Concordia University-Chicago. He’s presently a Buyer for Carmax in Hillside, IL. Bro. Mobley shares, “Through my studies in criminal justice, I have seen first-hand the problems in our communities. I have seen the effects of families without adequate resources; and the recurring cycles that poverty creates. I believe that Phi Beta Sigma’s commitment to service has had an effect on these issues and my education will assist my Fraternity in accomplishing its goals.” He is the proud father of two children.
Bro. Jerome C. Rogers, II – Anchor S.H.R.E.C.K. Bro. Rogers, 42, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York . He received his BA degree in History from LeMoyne College in New York. He is the overnight supervisor for GEO (formerly Cornell Intervention), where he counsels adolescent boys with substance abuse problems. He is an ordained elder and his hobbies include reading, writing, religious and political debate and music. He has four children: Jerell, Jenelle, Jennah and Jeremiah. He shares, “God has allowed me to go through life and not only testify about His goodness, but by equipping me to serve His people in whatever capacity he sees fit. I believe that Phi Beta Sigma was founded on a similar philosophy of not only serving, but creating a culture of service for which men could work together in unity.”
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Bro. Renaldo Dixon, President opens the presentation with greetings. Bro. Darius Fearrington escorted by Zeta Phi Beta Soror Renee Byrd, Illinois State Director, Tau Psi Zeta Chapter. Bro. Jayson Cruz escorted by Zeta Soror Leslie Buckner, President, Tau Psi Zeta Chapter. Bro. Abraham Mobley escorted by Zeta Soror Adrienne Turner, President, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter. Bro. Jerome Rogers escorted by Zeta Soror Janet Bell, Chair Life Members, Great Lakes Region, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter.
Iota Nu Sigma Chapter makes grand entrance to the tune of “Soldiers of Love.” Brother Ballard, Intake Coordinator, leads the processional, while the legendary Brother Charles Talbert, Vice President and Dir. of Membership ,anchors the long line.
Neophytes brothers receive their official badges (fraternity pins) by their respective sponsors. Bro. Fearrington is pinned by Bro. Damien Spauding. Bro. Cruz is pinned by Bro. MaShaun Alston. Bro. Mobley is pinned by Bro. Desmond Kemp. Bro. Rogers is pinned by Bro. Kevin Jefferson.
Neophytes brothers join the chapter in a stroll around the room.
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HAZING Legal, Moral and Social Implications for Black Greek-Lettered Organizations By Brother Dr. Kent Poindexter
t’s the dirty secret that most members of fraternities and sororities, athletic teams, military platoons and even corporate America doesn’t want to talk about—hazing. Most people would rather not discuss it. Some even deny that it happens. But the reality is that hazing is and has been a part of the membership initiation process for many organizations for practically as long as organizations have existed. It is used as a method for establishing the “pecking order” between
current and potential members. Proponents of hazing suggest that it creates a bond between those striving to be members of the organization. Most think of it has harmless fun, or a method of encouraging humility and respect for the older members. The reality— hazing is illegal, officially outlawed on most high schools and college campuses across the country. Fortyfour states have laws on the books against any forms of humiliation, human degradation or bullying of new and current members, even if
potential members allow it to take place. Yet, hazing still takes place on college campuses under the noses of administrators, faculty and security officers, and suprisingly more and more in graduate and alumni chapters. Dr. Susan Lipkins, a noted psychologist on hazing (website “Inside Hazing”), states that since 1970, there has been at least one death per year on a college campus connected with hazing activities. Reality check— hazing still happens, and hazing is totally illegal!
The National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC), which represents nine African American Greek-lettered organizations, established a policy on hazing activities in 1990, when the leadership of the organizations continued to struggle with the upsurge of injuries, deaths and resulting lawsuits associated with pledging activities. The hope was that a joint statement to officially ban these activities would result in the demise of pledging as a means of taking in new members. Despite efforts by all nine member organizations to curtail pledging, the reality is that pledging still occurs, but it has become an underground activity. Unless something happens to bring it to the attention of university administrators, law enforcement officials, or organization leaders, no one will admit to participating in pledging/hazing activities. The “hazers” will not admit to it, and initiates are sworn to secrecy. Here is a portion of the official policy statement (as published in 2003) of the NPHC on hazing: WHEREAS such illegal conduct is inimical to the principles for which each organization stands and fails to foster respect for fellow members or preserve human dignity; BE IT RESOLVED AND RESTATED WITH EMPHASIS ANEW that hazing, pledging, pledge “lines”, prepledge “lines” or post-intake hazing are strictly prohibited by these NPHC organizations; (The entire NPHC policy on hazing can be found at http://www.nphchq.org/docs/NPHC JointPositionStatementAgainstHazin g2003.pdf ) The issue of hazing and pledging among Black Greeks has become awkward and painful, to the point of national leaders of the organizations encouraging members to refrain from “publishing” any statements which could be construed one
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way or the other as the organization’s stand on hazing. While all agree that such activities must be discouraged among members, pending litigation forces them to forbid their respective members from making public statements. For the record, this article is not an official statement of the international organization of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, or any member of the National Pan Hellenic Council. Statements made here are the personal reflections of concerned members of Black Greeklettered organizations. Sigma Brother Carl A. Walker, a Cook County Circuit Court Judge (Chicago, Illinois) is deeply concerned about the effects of illegal pledging activities on BGLOs. He believes that “Some members have ignored the prohibitions against hazing and the potential consequences because they are thrill seekers concerned with their own amusement.” While Judge Walker believes that the stance of the NPHC and its respective member organizations against hazing is adequate, he is an advocate of following the letter of the law when it comes to dealing with those who continue to engage in hazing:
“Black Greek-Lettered Organizations can discourage hazing by assisting law enforcement in the prosecution of their members who continue to engage in hazing activities.” As an attorney and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dana K. O’Banion suggests that NPHC member organizations need to be concerned about the future of their respective organizations, and ensuring that current and incoming members of the organizations understand the seriousness of this issue: “Given that times have changed and this society is certainly more litigious than in days of old, these mentalities (i.e. “it happened to me” and “keeping with tradition”) will leave BGLOs exposed to lawsuits which may cripple, if not destroy the organizations.” Another reality check—Black Greeklettered organizations are being adversely affected by the onslaught of reports in the news media on hazing activities. While BGLOs are acting with due diligence on complaints and reports of pledging and hazing activities, the good work of these organizations is overshadowed, and some onlookers suggest that fraternities and sororities have
CONTRIBUTORS taken on the persona of street gangs. The effect of having fraternity/sorority members’ pictures in newspapers and on the Internet as a result of being arrested and convicted for hazing is devastating overall membership numbers. Young women and men are not interested in being connected with organizations which have been connected with criminal activities. So how do Black Greeks change the culture of fraternity/sorority life, which suggests that the only way to be a fully acknowledged member of the organizations one has to be “made right”, i.e. submit to a rigorous pledging ritual? This is more than a rhetorical question; it is one which may determine the future existence of the “Divine Nine”. Some BGLOs are overwhelmed with the reports of hazing activities from university officials, parents and students. Litigation is threatening to disrupt the financial well-being of some organizations. Colleges and universities are threatening to ban fraternities and sororities; some, out of concern for potential legal implications, have already done so. Kennedy L. Barnes, member of Phi Beta Sigma, is an active proponent of the new intake process which all NPHC member organizations have accepted as the appropriate method of initiating new members. As a practicing attorney in the Dallas, TX and Washington, D.C. area, Brother Barnes has been involved in educating brothers on the intake process and encouraging members to take seriously the implications of ignoring the realities of hazing. In his work with the Fraternity on educating members about the new process, Brother Barnes says that “for members who actually attend the intake training sessions and maintain their certifications, the policy works. Our memberships continue to grow and our programmatic effectiveness is strong.”
Barnes believes that the realities of legal action and lawsuits should be deterrents to illegal pledging; but some are still attached to the old system: “Let’s face it, more than half of our members were initiated under the former “pledging process” and we remember that experience with some degree of pride and admiration. But in reality, it is not hazing that makes you a productive committed member; what matters is your love and appreciation of the goals and ideas of the Fraternity.” Attorney O’Banion agrees with Barnes, that BGLOs must be serious about enforcing the new rules and protecting the legacies of these organizations. He suggests that “BGLOs must do a better job at selecting and initiating members. Further, BGLOs must better educate their membership to the risk and high costs associated with the behavior. It must be made clear that not only is the behavior illegal but that the subsequent lawsuits place the organizations at risk of non-existence. “ Ultimately, the arguments for and against hazing will continue to go on. But no one can argue with the law, or the policies which we have all agreed make our organizations better. The reality is the very existence of BGLOs is being affected whenever individual members or chapters make decisions to turn a deaf ear to the law. Our covenantal agreement as members of the National Pan Hellenic Council should be enough to encourage us all to be concerned with the well being of all who choose to affiliate with our organizations. What say you?
Kennedy Barnes Partner Lackey Hershman, LLP Dallas - New York Barnes is a partner at Lackey Hershman, LLP, a complex commercial litigation boutique with offices in Dallas, TX and New York, NY. His current docket includes pursuit of claims and/or defense in excess of $1.2 billion, against some of the largest, most aggressive firms in the world. He is a former equity partner in the international law firm of Thompson & Knight, with offices througout the United States, Europe and Africa. Barnes is engaged by the government-owned, Petroleum Oil & Gas Company of South Africa to develop and train its in-house counsel in areas related to international risk management and corporate guidance. He’s served as Gulf Coast Regional Counsel for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dana K. O’Banion Of Counsel Power & Dixon, P.C. Chicago, IL O’Banion serves as Counsel at Power & Dixon, P.C. He has over fourteen years of experience as a practicing attorney licensed in the state of Illinois. His practice is general with a major focus on real estate transactions. O’Banion was Senior Staff Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority. He drafted, reviewed and negotiated contracts, procurement documents and other acquisition/conveyance documents. He managed and closed numerous real estate transactions on behalf of the CHA. He is the current General Counsel for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Hon. Carl A. Walker Judge Circuit Court of Cook Cty 1st Subcircuit - Illinois Walker became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity while matriculating at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, and went on from there to study law at the University of Iowa School of Law. In addition to earning the Juris Doctorate degree, he is also a Certified Public Accountant. In 2006, Walker was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he currently serves as a judge for the Juvenile Justice Division. Walker is very active, where he serves as an advisor for the First Offenders Program in the Englewood Community, a coach for Biddy Basketball, a member of Rainbow PUSH, and former Legal Counsel for Sigma’s Great Lakes Region. Judge Walker is an active member of the Upsilon Sigma chapter.
J. Anthony Brown
Notable Black Greeks: Do They Really Represent?
By Brothers Steve Ballard & Dr. Kent Poindexter
They are the “trump card” used to reel in potential candidates for membership; fraternities and sororities inevitably mention their names when they want to impress others with a list of “who’s who” on their rosters. They make a difference for those who need a famous name or two to legitimize their organizations. They are the political power figures, nationally renowned entertainers and notable athletes who grace the rosters of predominately African American fraternities and sororities. One can peruse the websites of the Divine Nine, and see the names of notables past and present who are members of their respective organizations and quickly click on the pages that showcase the famous members of each group. They make for great marketing for young undergraduates who want to affiliate with the best.
It is no accident that Black fraternities and sororities have large numbers of well known people on their rosters. From their inception, Black Greek-lettered organizations sought to bring in the best and brightest to support their causes. A look at the earliest rosters of these organizations reveals members who represented Black high society. In the early years, educators made up most of the membership of Black Greek lettered organizations. As the organizations grew, so did the career areas of their members. They included ministers, community leaders, physicians, college professors, scientists and lawyers. So it should be no surprise that in later years, the membership of BGLOs would include persons of high profile. As more Black Americans gained access to higher education and equal employment, Black Greeks began to show up in political circles, corporate boardrooms and other places which had previously been unavailable to African Americans. Over the years, Black fraternities and sororities have also engaged in the initiation of honorary members, to further promote their respective causes and pay homage to those who represent the ideals of their organizations. The unspoken message was that if these revered individuals became associated with a particular organization, it speaks volumes to the value of that affiliation and organization. In most cases, honorary members do not have to endure the initiation process required of full members, and are not required to meet the financial obligations of the organizations.
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In recent years, large segments of the Black Greek population have begun to question the necessity or value of celebrities and VIPs representing their organizations, especially those who have been granted honorary membership. Are they simply connected because of name recognition? Do they serve a purpose? Or do they actually know enough about the organizations to effectively represent them? Some argue that the “real members”, those that are initiated through an actual pledge or membership intake process, are the ones that truly “represent.” It is no doubt that Tom Joyner, the original “Fly Jock”, and host of the radio show “Tom Joyner Morning Show” consistently showcases his affiliation and the programs of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Joyner was initiated at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). Listeners can frequently hear the shout outs and calls by comedian and co-host J. Anthony Brown, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity member and social commentator Jacque Reid, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. One of the most well known promoters of the Black Greek experience in contemporary times is Sheryl Underwood. Underwood is a popular comedian, radio/television host and actress, who was initiated into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in Chicago, Illinois. She has risen to the top leadership position of Zeta Phi Beta, serving as International President. Underwood is known for promoting the sorority’s community service initiatives and causes during her stand-up routines, as well as in
Sheryl Underwood media and magazine interviews. Ms. Underwood was instrumental in securing a Mo’ Nique Show dedicated to the promotion of all nine affiliates of the National Pan Hellenic Council. She has used her celebrity to advance the cause of all Black Greek organizations. Entertainer and philanthropist Bill Cosby and comedian/radio host Rickey Smiley never miss an opportunity to promote Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Cosby, an honorary member, wears the Omega lapel pin whenever in public and Smiley, is known to flash the hand sign and even add step performances to his shows. Oftentimes, high profile members partner their charitable and social issue concerns with the organization of which they have affiliation. Actor and producer Blair Underwood is an Honorary Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. The longtime AIDS activist has been a spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHC), the nation’s largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider. AHC opened the first ever Blair Underwood Healthcare Center in Washington, DC. Blair connected AHC’s efforts with Phi Beta Sigma’s “Conversation Among Brothers” initiative with the Centers for Disease Control. A special office for Sigma’s initiative is housed in the Center. Looking at the long list of public figures who are also members of BGLOs causes some to wonder where they stand in terms of promoting the programs of their respective organizations. Some suggest that going forward, Black Greeklettered organizations need to develop defined strategies or purposes that encourage such public figures to better utilize their gifts, skills and influence to better serve the organizations. These members, with their celebrity status, have the potential to make the “Divine Nine” a
powerful political and social force in this nation and beyond. Even on the local level, some Chicago “celebrity” Black Greeks have managed to balance their demanding public schedule with active participation in their local chapters. Singer/songwriter Terisa Griffin (Zeta Phi Beta) uses her musical gifts to honor African American women who have paved the way for today’s entertainers. She has also founded the “Better Love Yourself” Foundation, to assist young people in pursuing their dreams of higher education. Terisa shares that Zeta Phi Beta influenced her life and informs her work today as an entertainer and promoter of higher education. Judge Carl Anthony Walker gives us a glimpse of his commitment, “I am able to balance my busy professional schedule with active participation in the fraternity because I believe in the principles of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and I promised to remain loyal to these principles. I’m busy as a father, a state court judge, a member of many bar associations, and an active member of many community organizations. Nonetheless, I remain an active Sigma man because I am loyal by nature.” Walker is a Life Member, and serves as cochairman of his chapter’s Membership Intake Committee. He has served as Regional Counsel to the Great Lakes Region, and has attended every National Conclave and Regional Conference for the past 20 years. He says, “These things constitute the true test of a Phi Beta Sigma man.” In a different way, Eric C. Warner’s, (CEO of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers) level of activity with the same organization has a
Judge Carl Anthony Walker
totally different impact. Coincidentally, Warner was initiated into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity along with Judge Walker on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1982. Warner, Life Member, former Illinois State Director and chapter president in Sigma, leads a rigorous schedule, heading a corporation with locations in seven states. He may physically attend approximately two to three chapter meetings and events a year. However, Warner and his company is known for supporting several organizations’ programs and fund raisers financially every year. He is a leading sponsor of Iota Nu Sigma’s signature fund raisers, A Taste of BLU Tuesday, Sigma Soul Calendar, The Sentinel and PBS Open Golf Classic. The truth is, some high profile members take seriously the oath they recited to support their groups’ causes whenever and wherever possible. They sport the Greek symbols and actively render community service. On the other hand, there are those who only acknowledge their Black Greek affiliations in passing. They are probably not any different than others who joined BGLOs and moved on when life and circumstances guided them in other directions. So do we have the right to require that they represent their organizations at a higher level? With all things, circumstances vary between both ends of the spectrum. The fact is that public figures and those of celebrity status who happen to be members of Black Greek organizations have the potential to make a difference. There is no blame to be passed— both members and organizations must make the effort to utilize their gifts to promote their causes collectively.
Eric C. Warner
Someone You Should Know
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THAT YOU SHOULD
In each issue of The Sentinel, we present to our readers an Iota Nu Sigma Chapter member that we believe the world needs to know. In keeping with the theme of this issue, our editorial team has chosen nine brothers and sisters of Chicago’s Black Greek community that are making remarkable contributions in their respective professional fields, as well as the city’s communities.
Allison Payne Soror Payne is currently co-anchor of the WGN-TV Midday News. Since 1990 she has been a reporter and news anchor for the CW cable superstation WGN in Chicago. She is a nine-time Emmy award recipient for her exceptional work as a journalist. During her tenure at WGN, Allison Payne has traveled internationally on several occasions to film and produce her own stories. Prior to making Chicago her home, Ms. Payne served as news anchor for the NBC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio and later worked for the network in Saginaw, Michigan. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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The Rev. Dr. L. Benard Jakes Frater Jakes serves as Senior Pastor/Teacher of The Faith Family of West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. He is a graduate of Curie High School and earned his BA degree from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL, Master of Arts degree from GarrettEvangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. While matriculating at Elmhurst, Jakes was initiated into the Mu Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in 1996. He is a life member. In addition to his service as pastor, he is a member of the board of directors for Trinity Unlimited Resources and Vision House—an HIV/AIDS assisted living facility in Chicago, and an advisor with Center for New Horizons Youth Outreach. Jakes shares his life and ministry with Lady Carole Denise, and their two children—Brandon and Erika.
Representative Ken Dunkin By profession, Brother Dunkin is a social worker, who has dedicated his life to the service of his community. He serves as State Representative of the 5th District of the Illinois House, which is home for him. Dunkin is proud of his roots, having grown up in the Cabrini-Green housing development and received his initial ‘seasoning’ in community service from the founder of the Jesse White Tumblers. He is a proud Morehouse University alumnus, and received his Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Chicago. In his professional career he has served as Director of the Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, and worked as a consultant for the City of Chicago Department on Aging. Ken currently serves on the boards of the Chicago International Film Festival, Lawson YMCA and Near North Health Services, and member of Phi Beta Sigma’s Iota Phi Sigma Chapter.
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Alderman Leslie Hairston
Judge William Cousins, Jr. (Retired)
Reverend Dr. Calvin S. Morris
Soror Hairston serves as Alderman of the 5th Ward on Chicago’s South Side. She represents the community in which she was raised well, serving on several key committees of the City Council. Her professional career as an attorney afforded Ms. Hairston the opportunity to work in Springfield as an Assistant Attorney General to the Illinois Attorney General. Leslie Hairston is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council, the Jackson Park Advisory Council and serves on the board of Kaleidoscope, Inc.
Frater Cousins has been an active force in Chicago politics since the 1960s. Although he initially ran for alderman as a Republican for the 8th Ward in 1967, he eventually declared himself a “Free Democrat”, under Mayor Richard J. Daley. In 1976 he was elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County, and in 1983 was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court, where he served with distinction until his retirement. As an Appellate Court judge, he served as chairman of the Illinois State Supreme Court Committee on Capital Cases. Over the years, he has actively supported the Planned Parenthood Association, Operation PUSH, and the National Bar Association. His years of honorable, dedicated service have earned him election into the halls of fame of the National Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association and DuSable High School.
Frater Morris is a true servant of the people. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, with dual standing in the United Church of Christ. His life of service includes being Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Action (Atlanta, GA), Field Education Director at Howard University, and Executive Vice President of Academic Services and Academic Dean at Interdenominational Theological Center. Since 1998, he has served as the Executive Director of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago, a faith-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of those who are adversely affected by racism and poverty. He also volunteers with a number of Chicago area organizations, including Chicago Project for Violence Prevention Cease Fire and the Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago. Dr. Morris joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Langston University.
Dr. Robin L. Kelly
Although her hometown is Monroe, LA, Soror Griffin has made her mark on Chicago. In a short time, she has established herself as a singer, producer and songwriter, performing to packed houses across the nation.
Soror Kelly is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Cook County, IL. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and implementing policy in Cook County government, which is the second largest county in the USA.
Upon completing her education at Northeast Louisiana University, she headed for Chicago, where she sang back-up for Diana Ross on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She gained national exposure when Ms. Ross asked her to sing her own song “Love Conquers All”. Her third CD “Soulzophrenic”, promises to put her on the national entertainment scene.
Prior to her current position, Kelly served as chief of staff of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office where she directly oversaw the agency’s operations, policy and programs. She also served as State Rep of the 38th Legislative District.
Terisa joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s Beta Beta chapter, while at Northeast Louisiana University. She is also helping to promote higher education in the African American community, through her Better Love Yourself Foundation.
Billy Ocasio Frater Ocasio currently serves as a senior advisor to the Governor of Illinois. Prior to his appointment in 2009, he was an alderman for the 26th Ward of the Chicago City Council. Ocasio is a native Chicagoan, born and raised in the Humboldt Park community. During his term as alderman, Ocasio worked to assist in bringing a YMCA facility to the Humboldt Park area, and the building of the Ames Elementary School.
Robin joined Sigma Gamma Rho at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Bradley. She also holds a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. Kelly lives in Matteson, IL with husband, Dr. Nathaniel A. Horn, member of Phi Beta Sigma.
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Carol L. Adams Tonya Francisco Sec. of Human Services Morning News Anchor State of Illinois CLTV News
Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Darcel Beavers Former Alderman 7th Ward City of Chicago
Hon. Constance Howard State Representative 34th District
Hon. Mattie Hunter Senator - District 3 Illinois Senate
Hon. Blanche Manning Judge U.S. District Court of Northern District IL
Irma P. Hall Actress
Hon. Kimberly Lightford Senator - District 4 Illinois Senate
Bobbie L. Steele Former Cook County Commissioner
D. Michelle Flowers-Welch Founder/CEO Flowers Communication Group
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Cheryl Burton Anchor WLS-ABC 7 News
Bonnie DeShong Host CLTV
T’Keyah Crystal Keymah Actress “That’s So Raven”
Jeanne Sparrow Host “You & Me in the Morning” WCIU-Chicago
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Terisa Griffin Recording Artist, Producer & Songwriter
Zondra Hughes Editor N’Digo Magazine
Syleena Johnson Recording Artist
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Merri Dee Rev. Willie T. Barrow Former Executive Dir. Director of Community Relations RainbowPUSH Coalition WGN-TV
Hon. Leslie Hairston Alderman - 5th Ward City of Chicago
Dr. Robin L. Kelly CAO Cook County, IL
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Hon. LaQuietta Hardy - Campbell Judge Circuit Court of Cook County
Darlena Sheryl Underwood Jylla Moore - Foster Williams - Burnett Comedian/Actress President/CEO International President Deputy Recorder of Crystal Stairs, Inc. Deeds Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Past President Cook County Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Rev. Dr. Addie Wyatt Women’s Rights Activist
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Jerry Butler Hon. Howard Brookins Alderman-21st Ward Recording Artist Cook County City of Chicago Commissioner
Lerone Bennett Historian/Author Editor Emeritus EBONY Magazine
Bill Campbell Host/Producer “Chicagoing” WLS-TV ABC 7
Hon. Danny Davis U. S. Representative
Smokey Norful Recording Artist Pastor ?
Duwain Bailey COO Chicago Housing Authority
Raymond Grady Former COO Evanston Hospital
Hon. Kwame Raoul Rev. Mickarl Thomas Senator Pastor District 13 Grant Memorial Illinois Senate AME Church
Michael Jordan Sports Legend
Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris President Community Renewal Society
Bishop Dr. Horace Smith Pastor Apostolic Faith Church
Wayne D. Watson President Chicago State University
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Pastor Emeritus Trinity United Church of Christ
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Warren Balentine Hon. Walter Burnett Hon. N. Keith Hon. Ken Dunkin Rev. Dr. Ricky Freeman Radio Host - WGBO Alderman - 27th Chambers State Rep Pastor Political Ward Exec. Dir. - Illinois 5th District St. John ChurchCommentator City of Chicago Human Rights Comm. Baptist
Todd H. Stroger Former President Cook County
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Donald J. Dew Jesse L. Jackson, Jr Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, President/CEO U. S. Sr Habilitative Systems Representative Founder/President RainbowPUSH Coalition
Hon. Furmin D. Sessoms Judge Circuit Court of Cook County
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Hon. William Cousins Herb Kent Judge On - Air Personality Circuit Court of Cook V-103 County
Hon. Timothy Evans Rev. D. Darrell Griffin Roland S. Martin Radio Host, WVON Senior Pastor Chief Judge Political Oakdale Covenant Circuit Court of Commentator Church Cook County
Hon. Charles E. Freeman Justice Supreme Court of Illinois
Ramsey Lewis Jazz Pianist Recording Artist Radio Host
Rev. B. Herbert Martin Pastor Progressive Community Church
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TC Carson Actor/Singer
Zemira Z. Jones Former President/General Manger, ABC Radio
Billy Ocasio Senior Advisor to the Governor
Hon. Bobby Rush U. S. Representative
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