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Groove Phi Groove Gears Up
Groove Phi Groove are looking for a few
good men, according to its Durham
graduate chaper advisor Patrick Langston.
The Durham Graduate Chapter of
Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship,
Inc. has decided to re-establish its chapter
here on the University campus and needs
seven men to obtain a national charter.
“We have been trying to establish a
chapter here for the past year and a half,”
said Langston, but were unable to get
recognized by the University’s Pan-
Langston said that Groove Phi Groove
could offer black men an alternative to the
Greek fraternity system.
According to Langston, a major dif
ference between Groove Phi Groove and
the Greek fraternities is that the Grooves
The group does not conform to the per
sonalities of the Greek fraternities,
Langston said, and concentrate more on
black pride than do the Greeks.
According to Langston, Groove Phi
Groove was organized amidst the Civil
Rights Movement in the ’60’s and still
holds fast to the ideals of the movement.
Langston said that they wanted to bring
the chapter back to UNC because they saw
a need for more black unity on campus.
The group can achieve this, he said, by
following the mission set aside for the
chapter, which is: “To enhance the
development of our member’s mind, body
and spirit, in order to prepare us to effec
tively carry out the responsibilities re
quired to perpetuate and provide for the
progressive growth of our fellowship,
while better enabling us to more effective
ly interrelate with society.”
According to Langston, a Groove
chapter had existed on campus from 1974
to 1980. The last brother, he said,
graduated in 1982.
Administrative changes on the national
level in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s was
a major cause for the collapse of the UNC
chapter and for the collapse and weaken
ing of other chapters across the country.
Before the unsettling change in ad
ministration, Groove Phi Groove was the
fastest growing black organization in the
country, according to Langston.
After its formation on Oct. 12, 1962 on
Morgan State University campus in
Baltimore, Maryland, the membership of
Groove Phi Groove surpassed the expec
tations of its founders, Langston said.
The group is now experiencing a
flourishing new buildup and has charters
on Shaw University, North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State Univer
sity, Fayetteville State University,
Elizabeth City State University, Barbara-
Scotia College, Johnson C. Smith Univer
sity and Winston-Salem State University
If established on this campus, the
chapter will be the only one in the state
at a predominately white university.
Several years ago, a charter at Duke
communed with a Chapter from NCCU.
Nationally, the Groove brothers are
now 40,000 strong. Many of these
brothers recently attended the group’s na
tional meeting at Yale University in
The national office is in Landover, Md.
Langston said that if they are met with
opposition on the University campus from
the Greek fraternities, it will not be the
According to Langston, the group has
experienced protests at other campuses
from the traditional black Greek frater
nities, yet managed to endure despite the
Langston became a Groove Phi Groove
brother in the Spring of 1983 at NCCU,
and is presently a member of the Durham
Langston said that he hopes the chapter
from NCCU will be able to do a step show
on the University campus before the
semester ends to generate some interest
in the organization.
He said that he will publicize for an in
terest meeting some time this month.
The first black named to North
Carolina's highest coiirt received the
University’s Distinqurshed Alumnus
Award Sunday, Oct. 12-, as part of-acon-'
vocation commemorating the University's
Henry E. Frye, associate justice of the
state Supreme Court, along with four other
UNC alumni, received the award at
Memorial Hall as the University celebrated
the laying of the cornerstone of Old East,
the nation’s oldest state university building.
Frye was appointed to the state Supreme
Court in 1983, and was elected to an eight-
year term the following year. In 1969, he
became the first black elected to the N.C.‘
General Assembly since 1899, serving 12
years as a representative and two years as
He was also the first black to be named
an assistant United States district attorney
in North Carolina in 1963.
Frye earne^i.JwsT^helor's degree froni
N.C. Agricultural and Technical State"
University in 1953. After graduating with
honors from the UNC School of Law in
1959, he practiced in Greensboro, where
he still lives.
Sheila Simmons, Co-Editor
Hope Not Destroyed with Shanties
Although the shanties have been torn
down, the Anti-Apartheid Support group
has not given up their efforts at encourag
ing the University to divest in South
Eric Walker, a member of the support
group, said that the group has been very
active since the shanties were removed last
spring. This past summer representatives
of the UNC group went to Washington,
D.C. to attend a national rally and con
ference on Anti-Apartheid in South Africa.
This semester, the group co-sponsored
a conference with the Carolina Commit
tee on South Africa to inform students of
the things going on in South Africa.
They also presented information to in
terested students on events in Latin
America. The conference was called
“Students Organizing Students”, and
“everyone who attended it learned a whole
lot,” Walker said.
The tactics being used this year are
basically the same as the ones that were
used last year, according to Walker. The
first part of the semester the group basical
ly concentrated on educating and inform
ing people about Anti-Apartheid and the
conflicts going on in South Africa.
After doing some general education the
group began to protest and engage in civil-
disobedience. They have already had a
“teach-in” in South Building this
semester. At the inauguration of C.D.
Spangler as president of the University of
North Carolina on Polk Plaza Friday mor
ning, October 17, the group protested the
Board of Trustees’ recent decision to table
the issue of divestment for the need of
Earlier this semester Walker performed
a dramatic reading in the pit to com-
memrate the first anniversary of the death
of Steven Biko, a prominent Black activist.
The group also plans to hold other rallies
and teachings in the pit.
Formed last fall semester, the group now
has about 65 members with Robert Reid-
Pharr as their chairman. Since the city of
Chapel Hill decided to divest their holdings
in South Africa following last semester’s
rallies, the group plans to focus more on
the University, industries in North
Carolina, and the state of North Carolina
as a whole.
Even though the group did not ac
complish all of their goals last year, they
did accomplish one major goal. That was
to get noticed.
This was one of the primary aims of the
groups. Walker said, because “it is im
possible to do anything until people notice
Abraham Segres, Staff Writer