Black Greek Week to promote unity, history

By Dashaun Hits

NIU’s Black Greek Council is sponsoring a number of activities this week to promote unity among black greeks and to inform NIU students about the individual organizations.

Black Greek Week was started in 1983 to bring black greeks and NIU students together and “to enhance the knowledge of the black greeks history and the different types of activities that occur in the fraternity or sorority” said Irving Nicholson, president of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Malcolm Williams, director of NIU’s Black Choir and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha, said, “The importance this week is to bring black greeks together in a unified body so that we can stand stronger together than divided.”

“Black Greek Week is the only time all greeks can come together and forget about petty differences and form new relationships for next year,” said Kai Love, president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

The events started Monday with an information booth. Tuesday was “Pub Day.”

“Everybody comes to the Pow Wow to listen to music and enjoy themselves,” said Denna Hall, coordinator of Black Greek Week and member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

“We hope to have more greek members and NIU students participate in the activities we have planned for this week.” said “House” Mike, member of the Alpha Phi Alpha.

There will also be an event called “Family Feud” Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Hall A-Cafeteria.

Friday will see a Splash party from 7-10 p.m. in Gabel Hall, while Saturday, there will be a Black Greek games/picnic from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Lagoon.

The Black Greek Council consists of all black greek organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Psi Lambda.