USC has no shortage of traditions—kicking the flagpole before home games, traveling to away-game Weekenders, waving the V-sign at Traveler after a touchdown. Of all of our traditions, Homecoming is perhaps the most anticipated, a time for alumni, friends and loved ones to reunite and celebrate our Trojan Family… a chance to remember our college days and the key moments of our youth.
For some Trojans, the USC experience was greatly enhanced by being part of a fraternity or sorority. Black Greek-Letter Organizations (BGLOs) have a more than 100-year history at USC, beginning with the Alpha Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Established in 1921, it was the first BGLO in the western United States and the third Greek organization to find a home at USC.
Alpha Delta was then joined by the Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., in 1923, and the Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in 1924. And this year, the Beta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., will mark 75 years at USC. Some of its most notable alumni include Kenneth Frank ’89, Prentice Penny ’95, Brett Dismuke ’97 and Melvin Felton II ’05.
The achievements of BGLO alumni have made a positive impact in every field and industry. Homecoming is the perfect time for celebrating our rich traditions and dynamic history, while looking forward to uplifting our future generations of Black Trojans.
This Homecoming, we can’t wait to welcome you, our Black Trojan Family, back home. Our legendary tailgate will include all of our traditional favorites from Dulan’s Soul Food and music by DJ Mr. Quick as well as a special appearance by the Cardinal Divas, USC’s first all-Black majorette team. Bring your friends and family and come celebrate with us! See you there! Fight On!
Danielle E. Harvey ’00, ML ’19
Interim Executive Director,
USC Black Alumni Association and
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations