Thousands of members of black Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities traveled from all across the country to enjoy this year’s 15th annual Atlanta Greek Picnic, which hosted a weekend full of events in and around downtown Atlanta, specifically near the Atlanta University Center.
The Atlanta Greek Picnic is an annual summertime event designed to provide members of the Greek-lettered member organizations of the National Panhellenic Council a unique experience that caters to them.
We are very excited as we prepared for the 15th annual Atlanta Greek Picnic weekend as this year’s events celebrated Greek unity, created memories that last a lifetime, established new and strengthen existing relationships that continue to promote and strengthen Greek life within each organization,” said AGP founder Tiwa Works. “This event has consistently drawn a wide variety of all Divine 9 members from numerous states across the United States and there is no other event like this in the world.
In 2004, Williams approached Morris Brown College with a proposition for a Greek gathering. Most of the approximately 300 attendees in the first year heard about the event through e-vites or simply word of mouth.
Williams, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., drew inspiration from a number of events that he observed and participated in as a neophyte during his undergraduate years. Every year, his chapter members took a road trip to different cities and visited other chapters.
He distinctly remembered going to the Kappa Luau in Tallahassee, Florida, and seeing a crowd of about 20,000 people. In fact, Williams attributed his inspiration for the Atlanta Greek Picnic to his experience fellowshipping at the Kappa Luau that year and the next year.
“It was such a huge event,” he said. “(There were) NFL players, and (the event) had sponsors like Budweiser. Trick Daddy and Trina were performing, and there was literally a sea of Kappas and Greeks.”
Williams believes that although parties of Black Greek Letter organizations are often highlighted, they are not the organizations’ only redeeming aspects. He recalled how he began to notice on his own campus, the activities of members of the Divine Nine — a nickname of the nine members that are a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
The organizations with membership in the National Pan-Hellenic Council include Williams’ organization, Kappa Alpha Psi, and also Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
Each year, the wide range of activities are curated by its organizers to create opportunities for networking and promote Greek unity. In fact, it has grown from humble beginnings to its place as the largest gathering of Black Greek-lettered organizations in the country, creating over a $7.5 million impact on Metro Atlanta.