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Why the Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show From “School Daze” Is so Important to Black Greek Culture

Do you remember when the Alphas got on stage and performed a step show in Spike Lee’s “School Daze”?

For many people, this was the first time they had ever seen a step show and thus we think it is a very important part of Black Greek history. Before the movie came out, Black Greek stepping as an art form had not been shown on big screens and this brought the culture to a wide audience of Americans and future college students who otherwise would have had no idea about NPHC fraternities, sororities or stepping. Just think about the impact that this step show scene probably had on young boys who would later go to college and become Alphas or go Greek in general.

“This movie is the reason I wanted to attend an HBCU at such an early age and I found out recently that the Frat speaking is one my parents. Go head Dr. ROSS!!! 006!!” Corey Sheffield wrote about the step show. “The first time I ever saw a Black fraternity was in this film,” another commenter wrote.

We at would like to thank Spike Lee for creating this scene and the Alpha Rho chapter Alphas from Morehouse who performed this step. Without it, might not be here today.

Now our question for you: Where were you the first time you saw “School Daze”? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. eham06

    March 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm


  2. Farrell Brassell

    March 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    This movie came out just before I went on line for Phi Beta Sigma (Fall 88). So glad to have been a part of this generation!!

  3. Marshall Taggart

    March 9, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Influenced me to become an Alpha in the Fall 1989!

  4. Rico Spencer

    March 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

    The movie came out actually a few months before my birth and before my father became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc (1984). I first saw this movie as a child, then again as a teen. It, along with my father encouraged me to become Greek but the movie really made me become a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc (2008) myself

    • Rohaus

      March 11, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Actually, this movie wasn’t shot until 1987, and I believe came out in 88. Check the jackets, ’84 already on the yard. (I was a freshman @ Morehouse in 86-87)

  5. Demond McCombs

    July 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I love this movie. I loved Jane and the Gamma-Rays. She served fish on a silver platter. Thats fucked up what “big brother almighty” did to her.

    I was utterly fixated on going an HBCU after seeing this movie. The cattyness. Gurls the reads in the hallway.

    And that dance score from the Gamma Rays. 10s across the board darling.

  6. WestCoastinG

    July 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Allie Ross and Keith Wright from Oakland…

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