Amid the recent announcement of Howard University’s president’s retirement, numerous fraternities and sororities were reportedly vandalized on the DC university’s campus.
The Howard community was in disbelief to see circulated photos of the vandalism posted to Twitter. Plots of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, located on Howard University’s Upper Quadrangle-Main Yard, were seen tarnished with black spray paint, 7 News reported.
The HBCU is where five of the “Divine nine” International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities, were founded. These include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
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After seeing the damage, several members of these organizations gathered to help clean up the sacred plots.
“They came in and defaced our property. It really hit home. it was very personal, “said Lyric Amodia, Delta Sigma Theta member, according to 7 News. “We knew we had to fix it that moment.”
Students believe that the defacing of the historical stones and trees is connected to the national bomb threats HBCUs have received in recent months. BLACK ENTERPRISE previously reported that Howard, among other schools, ordered lockdowns and evacuations during the unfounded threats. Six juveniles were under suspicion for the threats believed to be racially motivated.
Howard’s campus police department has launched an investigation of the incident, NBC Washington reported.
According to WDVM, Howard University issued a statement that read, in part, “these senseless acts of vandalism are unacceptable and run contrary to the values of respect and tolerance that we as an institution strive to uphold. The deliberate damaging of any Howard buildings or artifacts is expressly prohibited. The individuals responsible for these acts will be dealt with accordingly.”