Thursday, September 23, 2010

Two New Resources Showcase African-American Achievements at Penn State

Members of the "Mighty Gamma Nu" chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Penn State's first predominantly African-American fraternity, in 1948. 

Penn State held a Black Alumni Reunion on September 10, and the University Archives contributed to two projects celebrating this event.

A website entitled “African-American Chronicles, Black History at Penn State,” can be viewed at The website was put together by Penn State Public Broadcasting and also includes contributions from the Office of Educational Equity, the Africana Research Center, the Penn State Alumni Association, the Department of African and African American Studies, and the Black Alumni Reunion Committee.

An exhibition entitled “The Divine Nine: Celebrating Diversity at Penn State,” will be on display at the Hintz Family Alumni Center until December 31, 2010. The Divine Nine includes fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta; and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. More information about the exhibit can be found at

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