Posts Tagged ‘AKA’

Last Saturday I joined my sister at a Greek picnic, given by my town’s recreation department. This picnic was for Fraternities and Sororities, with local chapters, and their families. My sister and I were assigned the job of painting faces for the kids who desired such entertainment.  Coming into this, I had my thoughts and conceptions as to what Fraternities and Sororities were about and I wasn’t at all pumping my fist for them. Throughout life, my only exposure to these groups has been through the media and a whole lot of hearsay, but upon being there amongst the different groups, my mind was forever changed. I saw past the alleged hazing rituals, embarrassment, disrespect and the supposed inferiority that those who had already crossed over inflict on those who sought acceptance.  I saw camraderie.  Joy permeated  the site as we all enjoyed each other.  The wide array of colors scattered throughout that area of the park took my eye every which way, watching as the different groups co-mingled, coming together to celebrate “US”.  Then, the step show started. The sassy, confident swagger of the AKA‘s was infectious as they held their hands up to their own faces and looked in the mirrors made out of flesh, and the “SKEEEEEEE WEEEEEEE” they proudly sang filled the air as they held their heads high. The DELTA’s threw up their diamonds represeting for their “sorors”. The red that covered some and was scattered on others shined bright as they let the “OOOOOWWWWOOOOOPPPP” out of their mouths.  The Q- DOGS stayed true to the old addage and barked loudly as their brothers tore the stage down, wearing their purple and gold with pride. They stomped on the stage and I could feel the rumble under my feet, symbolizing their Strength and Power.  All of the traits that these groups portray are all things we, in the black community, need to embody.  Strength, Confidence, Pride, Achievement, Education, Unity……… PEACE.