Monday, November 13, 2017

Videos Of KKPsi Fraternity & Three Historically Black Greek Letter Fraternities Crossing Arms While Singing Their Fraternity Hymns

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post documents video examples of four Greek lettered fraternities crossing with the person standing on either side while singing their fraternity hymn.

The three historically Black Greek lettered organizations that are featured in this post are (given in alphabetically order) Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc/, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. This post also includes a video of the university based band members fraternity and sorority Kappa Kappa Psi, Inc. crossing arms while singing their hymn.

Although it isn't indicated in these video summaries, my belief is that this crossed arm stance is done to foster and convey unity.

As documented by these videos, the crossed arms stance appears to usually be accompanied by the singers swaying back and forth in time with the song.

In the United States, this crossed arm stance and swaying back and forth while singing is probably most closely associated with the civil rights song "We Shall Overcome".

Click for the pancocojams post entitled "We Shall Overcome" Civil Rights Song & Its Linked Arms/ Hands Held Stance". In that title and post "Linked arms" means the same thing as the stance that I'm calling "crossed arms" in this post.

The Addendum to this post includes one video of the other two historically Black Greek letter organizations Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., and Iota Phi Theta, Fraternity Inc., singing their fraternity hymn.

The content of this post is presented for cultural purposes.

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Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

I'm interested in identifying additional YouTube video links for arm stances for these featured fraternities and any links to YouTube videos of historically Black Greek letter sororities crossing arms.

From my YouTube search, it appears that historically Black Greek letter sororities usually hold hands instead of crossing (linking) arms while singing their hymns or sweetheart songs at one of their members' wedding or at other events. Thus far I've only come across one video of historically Black Greek letter sorority (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc." singing their hymn while crossing arms.

Click for the companion pancocojams post entitled "Videos Of Members Of Historically Black Greek Letter Sororities Singing Their Hymn Or Sweetheart Song"

Please add any links to these fraternities or sororities singing hymns in the comment section below. Thanks for your help in identifying these videos.

This post doesn't mean to imply that these Greek letter organizations always cross arms while singing these hymns. For example, there are YouTube videos of members of some of these fraternities singing their hymn standing arm in arm but not crossing their arms.

These videos are presented in chronological order based on the video's publishing date with the oldest video presented first.

Example #1: KKPsi Hymn [Kappa Kappa Psi]

Ahandful ofIdiots, Published on Apr 25, 2012
Here's a comment from this video's discussion thread:
APA470 (2014)
"This was at Troy University following Step 4 Life that year."
This hymn is an adaptation of the religious song “Beams of Heaven”
Since I haven't featured information and videos of KKPsi as much as I have for these other fraternities, here's a lik to KKPsi's Wikipedia page:
"Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity (ΚΚΨ, colloquially referred to as KKPsi), is a fraternity for college and university band members in the United States. It was founded on November 27, 1919 at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, now known as Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Kappa Kappa Psi primarily operates as a recognition society[1] providing service, leadership opportunities, and social programming for band members. Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, has been recognized as a sister organization since 1947, and the two organizations share National Headquarters in Stillwater Station, a converted historical Santa Fe rail depot that was purchased by the fraternity and sorority in 1991.

Since 1919, more than 66,000 men and women have been initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi, with nearly 6,000 collegiate members active today.


May 1957 saw the first chapters at historically black universities: On May 19, the Delta Alpha chapter at Langston University was installed; three days later, the Gamma Omega chapter was established at Texas Southern University.[19]"...

Example #2: Alpha phi alpha 2012 Morehouse graduation

86009742, Published on May 20, 2012

Example #3: Omega Dear - Mu Alpha Chapter - Omega Psi Phi - 2013

BRENDA J. PEART, Published on Nov 18, 2013

This is the conclusion of Mu Alpha Chapter (Port City Ques) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., 2013 National Achievement Observance Week held at Burke High School.
Theme: "Advancing Omega's Future through Leadership, Vision and Excellence"

Example #4: Centennial Founders Day Hymm at Howard University

Phi Beta Sigma, Published on Jan 9, 2014

Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma singing the Fraternity hymn at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Centennial Monument to be erected at Howard University!

ADDENDUM - A Video of The Two Additional Historically Black Greek Lettered Fraternities Singing Their Fraternity Hymn

These videos are presented in chronological order based on the video's publishing date with the oldest video presented first.

Example #1: The Kappa Alpha Psi Hymn | 60th Anniversary Black White Delta Nu Ball

UPDATED, Published on Nov 8, 2015

Example #2: Iota Phi Theta Hym at SIUE

Iota Phi Theta, Published on Apr 23, 2016

Men of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Sing Fraternity Hym in quad of Southern Illinois University Edwadsville.

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1 comment:

  1. The idea for this post came to me while I was reading this article which is mostly composed of photos and also includes a video: POLITICS 11/13/2017 03:34 am ET "Trump’s ASEAN Summit Handshake May Be His Most Ridiculous Yet
    Oh, the struggle." By Rebecca Shapiro

    Here's an excerpt from that article:
    "President Donald Trump was thrown off by a handshake intended to kick off an international conference in the Philippines on Monday.

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila began with an opening ceremony and photo op of attending world leaders. The heads of state were invited on stage to participate in the conference’s traditional handshake, in which they cross their arms and join hands with the leaders next to them."