Now that most of the nation is in uproar over the injustice surrounding the non-indictments of the officers responsible for the unwarranted demise of two Black men – Michael Brown and Eric Garner – rules and regulations are being implemented by organizations to their representatives in order to protect issues of liability.
But some members of two of the oldest Black sororities in the country, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta are disappointed and frustrated with the directives they received from their superiors, ordering them to refrain from donning their Greek letters while marching.
An email was sent out this past weekend asking members from across the country to not wear their organization’s logo while protesting – they are however allowed to wear their sorority’s colors.
“Feel free to wear our sorority colors, but REFRAIN from wearing Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. letters and/or symbols as our policy outlines.”
You may wear our sorority colors, but please refrain from wearing any Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. paraphernalia.
Some members understand the policy in place and the need for their organization to take extra measures to avoid a potential legal issue. Things can get quite rowdy in pressure situations so it might make sense implement precautionary measures.
But others are not happy with the new policy and are violating it by marching in full letters. The reason for their defiance was explained by a member who feels that banning letters while marching for a valid cause is “wrong” and finds the order to do so borderline cowardly.
The members who are not on board also argue that their groups were instituted based on the principles of Martin Luther King, Jr. who was an Alpha while his wife Coretta Scott King was an honorary member of AKA.
No resolution has been reached yet but it is clear that the email containing the order is falling on mostly deaf ears.