This research explores the function of membership in a Black Greek organization (BGO) as one possible mechanism of success for undergraduate African American men.
The first BGO was founded in 1906 at Cornell University.
The experiences of members of a BGO may therefore be seen as having some similarities to their White counterparts but also having some important distinctions.
BGO membership functions as an intermediate association linking its members to the university, to the larger Black community, and to society in general, serving to connect them to a group and lower their perception of isolation.
Several of the members believed that they had gotten more out of their college experience by being members of a BGO. Thomas believed he had done things he otherwise would not have done without the support and encouragement of his brothers.