The Quiet Power of the Black Sisterhood

by Rachel Baker on April 29, 2015

I think there are two things going on that make this article incredibly interesting…Baltimore and Loretta Lynch’s confirmation. The article is inspired by the involvement of Lynch’s sorority sisters in getting her confirmed; and now that she’s been confirmed, we hear about how active they’ve been in getting this confirmation scheduled and voted on.

But in regards to Baltimore: all we’ve heard about is how the civic leaders are getting the men of the community together to work on making the changes that need to be made, to calm the community, etc. What about the Black Sisterhood of that community? Where are they, and why aren’t they publically being involved with all this? Where is the respect for the black woman in that community and why aren’t the women standing up and being just as vocal?

I’m not really sure there are answers to be had, but after reading this article about Loretta Lynch’s confirmation and the involvement of her sorority, I guess its more probable that Baltimore’s black sisterhood is working behind the scenes.

I hope this is the case, because frankly, things can’t get better without both genders and all races.

Here’s the Article: The Political Power of the Black Sorority

For Lynch, who co-founded the Delta chapter at Harvard University, the political support of the sorority sisters was not necessarily a surprise. But for those less familiar with the political activism of black sororities, their appearance at the Lynch hearing offered an unexpected crash course in the political influence of the black sisterhood.

Black sororities are not social auxiliaries of polite society, but are focused organizations with very specific civic and political goals. As elected officials from both parties are quickly finding out, these sorority-member activists are part of a growing power bloc of black women in the modern political landscape. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in particular has learned twice in the last few weeks, the black sisterhood will show up at your office and respectfully request that you take action on their requests without delay.

Outside of black communities, the sorority’s political influence, social action initiatives, and economic development often go unnoticed. Likewise on college campuses—particularly those that lie outside of the network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities—the general student body is largely unaware of the extent of black sororities’ work in communities and their contributions to expansive national programs in areas like education, health, and promotion of strong families.

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