National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Historical Preservation Plaza

 

What is the NPHC Historical Preservation Plaza?

The plaza is a symbolic way to acknowledge the historical and cultural significance of the fraternal organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at Georgia College.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors can reflect and learn about the struggle of educated people of color who fought for their right to associate on college campuses during the time of racial segregation and disfranchisement.  It also serves as a source of celebration and remembrance to the founders for the local charter and the international organization.

 


 

What is the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)?

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) was established in 1930, as a collaborative organization of nine (9) historically (not exclusively) African American International Greek letter Fraternities and Sororities: 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.

 

The stated purpose and mission of the NPHC, “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.”

 

Why is the NPHC Preservation historic?

The historic significance to this preservation like many others on college campuses can be traced to the days of slavery.   In the months following the end of the Civil War, a promise (The Order) was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves.  The federal government’s massive confiscation of private property —400,000 acres — formerly owned by Confederate land owners was to be redistributed and divided into 40 acre “plots” and given to freed slaves for homestead development.

 

The fraternities and sororities that belong to NPHC were founded during a time when racial segregation and disenfranchisement was a daily torment.  Plotted areas on college campuses became the only area that students could collectively associate as an organization.

 

The NPHC fraternities and sororities have constructed plots and other historical gardens to symbolically and physically represent each organization's presence on college campuses and to give alumni and current members a location for reflection and celebration.

 

Why is this important to Georgia College?

As the university embarks on “Preeminence,” the creation of the NPHC Historical Preservation Plaza, serves as a symbolic acknowledgement of the historical and cultural impact these organizations have and continue to make in the world of academia.  It also serves as a bridge that links the university and the organizations shared values, to educate in the areas of community service, civility, leadership and social justice; with a shared goal to develop competent leaders that bring about positive social change in a pluralistic society.

 

Questions? Contact Stacey Milner at (478) 445-8155 or stacey.milner@gcsu.edu.