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Honoring a legacy

Honoring a legacy

Michelle Tedford October 25, 2021
New monuments at the University of Dayton highlight legacy of Black sororities, fraternities in a gathering space welcoming to all.

On Sept. 25, during UD’s Black Alumni Weekend, the University honored nine historically Black fraternities and sororities and recognized their roles in fostering Black and African American student success while enriching campus culture. Ten stone monuments in Kennedy Union Plaza bear the names of the Greek organizations and National Pan-Hellenic Council, their umbrella organization. “I’m so impressed by the commitment to academic excellence, service, leadership and social justice for which these organizations have long stood,” said President Eric F. Spina. Collectively, these foundational Black sororities and fraternities are known as the Divine Nine. The NPHC Legacy Terrace monuments were proposed by four students. “These monuments show that Black students are a critical piece of UD’s rich legacy and history,” said senior Jada Brown, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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