Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 226–235 | Cite as

Black Fraternal Organizations: Understanding the Development of Hegemonic Masculinity and Sexuality

  • Ramon DeMar JenkinsEmail author


Black fraternal organizations were created during a time in America when blacks experienced a high level of racial and social inequality via Jim Crow segregation. Although most black fraternal organizations were founded on Howard University campus in Washington, DC, there were others that were created and founded at predominately white institutions. The purpose and ideals of black fraternal organizations are to provide a social and academic support system for African-American college students. This paper will analyze the history of black fraternities and their impact on one's development of black masculinity and sexuality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and GeographyMorgan State UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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