The University of Georgia held a commemoration ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15, to honor nine historically Black fraternities and sororities on the West Lawn of the Tate Student Center, where markers were installed to recognize the National Pan-Hellenic Council member organizations.
UGA President Jere W. Morehead approved the installation of the markers at the recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity, and Community.
“These markers represent the university’s pride in the students and alumni who belong to these distinguished fraternities and sororities and our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” Morehead said at the dedication ceremony. “These historically Black fraternities and sororities have been vitally important to our students and our community, and I am pleased that they are getting this well-deserved recognition.”
A crowd of spectators representing students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered for the ceremony and to tour the marker installation. The markers, which are made of granite, bear the name and official seal of each fraternity or sorority, the date on which it was chartered and a brief history of the organization.
The nine member organizations of the NPHC are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity 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.