Sunday, September 22, 2013

Seven Videos of Black Greek Fraternity & Sorority Roll Calls

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on historically Black Greek letter organizations (BGLO) calls. This post showcases seven YouTube videos of Black Greek Roll Calls.

DEFINITION: Black Greek lettered organization calls are signature sounds that members of an organization makes to greet another member or to represent (promote, "big up") their organization during public events.

Out of respect for those organizations, this series does NOT list the signature calls of these organizations.

Click for Part II of this series. Part II showcases seven YouTube videos of Black Greek Roll Calls. A BGLO roll calls is a public event where each fraternity and sorority are announced and respond to that announcement with their signature call and otherwise.

Click for Part I of this series. Part I provides information and comments about the custom of BGLO having signature calls.

The content of this post is provided for folkloric, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

I recognize that providing information about Black Greek lettered fraternity/sorority calls is very much frowned upon by most members of those organizations. While I agree with the position that the history & meaning of these calls doesn't need to be shared with persons who aren't affiliated with those specific organizations, I believe that the horse has already left the barn regarding sharing the specific calls with the general public. I say this because those calls are routinely performed in public at Greek step shows, Greek strolls, and other Greek events, and those calls and chants are also showcased on YouTube videos and other online websites.

I agree for the most part with the position that information about the history & meaning of BGLO cheers and hand signs should be privileged information. Therefore, I'm not listing the calls for specific organization. However, as a folklorist I want to document & disseminate as much cultural information as possible about BGLO fraternites and sororities. For that reason I'm including lengthy excerpts about this subject from two discussion threads.

Furthermore, wearing my folklorist hat, I'm taking this opportunity to direct people interested in this subject to two pages of my Cocojams website which have text examples and video examples of Greek letter steps, strolls, and chants. Note that some of those chants include that organization's calls. [Hyperlinks are in the Related Links section below.]

Part II:
"BGLO: Black Greek Letter Organization. [Note that I prefer the referent "Black Greek lettered organization". However, that isn't the referent that is routinely used.]

Calls – a unique vocal expression attributed to an organization. Please Do: Enjoy listening to the unique calls of the groups. Please Don’t: Repeat an organization’s particular call or response. It is considered a sign of disrespect."

A "roll call" is a process of calling out names to determine who is present. In the context of BLGO roll calls, a roll call provides an opportunity for members of each organization to represent their organization. To "represent" one's organization means to publicly demonstrate your affiliation with that particular organization.

Giving a "shout out" to your organization is another way of saying that you are doing a fraternity/sorority roll call or any other organizational roll call.

These videos are presented in chronological order with the videos with the oldest dates given first. Every organization which is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council [NPHC] isn't included in each of these videos. One reason for the non-inclusion of a particular BGLO which is a member of the NPHC is that
fraternity or sorority might not have had any members who attended
that particular university or that particular event.

Notice that in a roll call the audience shows respect for each organization wheen that organization's name is called. Usually there is no hissing or booing. One exception to the audience remaining silent is when members of the audience claps & "throw" their own hand signs when an another organization's chant get them "hyped" (excited). Another exception to the audience's usual lack of response to another organization's shout out is that members of a fraternity which considers itself to be "brothers" to that particular sorority will give one of their signature calls after that sorority's chant/call (and vice versa).

These videos are presented with no other editorial comments.

Example #1: Roll Call THE RIGHT WAY!

mfogles,Uploaded on May 13, 2007

All greekS should take notice. We are like 15 strong and get the crowd on their feet. This is how you do roll call at historically black colleges and universities. Lessons will be given later for all of you. Shout out to Fall 2K. GET CRUNK BRUHS!

Example #2: Greek Speak Roll Call


UABStudentLife, Uploaded on Sep 19, 2008

Check out the eight organizations of UAB's NPHC.
[University of Alabama at Birmingham]

Example #3: Greek Roll Call

M3trisjm92,Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011

Claflin University
Spr. 11' Yard Show



Kollege Kidd, Uploaded on Feb 4, 2012
[Eastern Michigan University]

Example #5: Roll Call College Connection Sunday 2012

docshann Uploaded on Feb 9, 2012

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.......... [Montgomery, Alabama]
College Connection Sunday........ Roll Call all Organizations Fraternities and Sororities and Colleges

Example #6: Jay Dukes - Greek Roll Call at USC Upstate

colorstarmedia, Published on Feb 14, 2013
[University of South Carolina Upstate]

Example #7: Roll Call College Connection Sunday 2013


docshann, Published on Mar 14, 2013
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.......... [Montgomery, Alabama]

College Connection Sunday........ Roll Call all Organizations Fraternities and Sororities and Colleges

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos & thanks to those who published these videos on YouTube.

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