The nine historically Black sororities and fraternities that make up the NPHC were founded during a time when Black men and women were being denied essential privileges and rights. Many of them were fighting for civil rights at the same time they were completing their studies.
The plaza will be in a circle set with gold medallions, Wright State said. It will be outside of University Hall, near the “Turning Points” sculpture.
President Sue Edwards applauded the students who had worked on the plaza and said the students’ involvement made it special. Students worked hard with the university’s team to make the plots happen, even at other universities that have similar memorials, she said.
Wright State alumni also attended the event. Onome Scott-Emuakpor, a member of Iota Phi Theta at Wright State, said predominately white institutions like Wright State still have a long way to go to show they understand, appreciate and respect the NPHC.
“I am truly appreciative of what’s going on here in the ceremony, this plot, but let us not be distracted by shiny objects, guys,” Scott-Emuakpor said.
He added, “We all need to understand, or we all need to help these institutions, understand the difference between being treated equally and being treated fairly.”
The project was funded through donations. Wright-Patt Credit Union, the Wright State Alumni Association and the Wright State African American Alumni Society donated a total of about $20,500, according to Wright State.