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Markers unveiled on Belknap Campus to celebrate history of UofL’s Black fraternities and sororities


By Cindy Hess
University of Louisville

New markers that celebrate the history of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a group of nine traditionally Black fraternities and sororities that have been part of the University of Louisville for nearly three decades, are the latest addition to the Belknap Campus.

The markers were unveiled Oct. 23 in the plaza between the Belknap Academic Building and the Student Activities Center.

The 10 markers — one representing NPHC overall and nine representing each affiliated Greek fraternity and sorority — were planned and designed by students.

New markers that celebrate the history of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a group of nine traditionally Black fraternities and sororities that have been part of the University of Louisville for nearly three decades, are the latest addition to the Belknap Campus. (UofL photo)

NPHC于1930年成立于1930年,位于华盛顿州华盛顿州的霍华德大学,支持黑人大学生,寻求希腊组织的好处,特别是合唱协作,同伴激进主义和强大的校园生活。

在揭幕仪式上发言的政治学高级布兰登麦克莱恩,表示,NPHC的使命是通过终身的兄弟情谊和姐妹们推动非洲裔美国和其他颜色的社会和经济地位。“

麦克莱恩还是大学NPHC和阿尔法·赫尔曼·弗拉德尼公司的总统副总裁,表示,该地块提醒人们“路易斯维尔大学国家泛希腊委员会强大而统一。这个校园更好,因为我们在这里。“

“I don’t need to tell you how much Black Greek life has meant to Black life in this country. If you think about the leadership, the scholars, the activists that are right here in our midst today, the debt we owe is incredible,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi during the virtual ceremony.

Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer Michael Mardis said conversations have been ongoing about having a physical, permanent location on campus to recognize NPHC.

“With some of the renovations underway, the idea came up and the students thought maybe we could utilize the plaza space,” Mardis said. “Our goal every day at the university is to make sure every student has a place to belong and an opportunity to succeed and achieve their goals.”

University of Louisville students and university administrators celebrate the unveiling of National Pan-Hellenic Council markers. (UofL photo)

NPHC成员及其黑色兄弟会和姐妹队的总体学生成功记录强大的记录,包括比非希腊学生更高的成绩点平均值和毕业率更高。NPHC成员通常在领导角度中处于学生和校友。

For alumna Terina Matthews-Davis (‘93) the NPHC plots are a gratifying milestone in a journey she helped launch. In the early 1990s, Matthews-Davis was part of a group dedicated to establishing NPHC at UofL.

“We saw all of our friends at other schools with NPHC chapters and saw an opportunity to govern ourselves,” she said. “We wanted something where we could have intimate, and sometimes controversial, conversations amongst like-minded people.”

Mardis said that while NPHC has been linked with UofL for nearly 30 years, not all council-affiliated chapters — often called the Divine Nine — were active during those decades.

“By April, 2012, all Divine Nine were back on campus and it was truly a great celebration,” Mardis said.

The Black fraternity and sorority chapters under the NPHC umbrella are Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

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