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Delta Chi Celebrates Black History Month 2024

Overview

Every February, Delta Chi and Greek life are excited to celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month was created to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the United States, its history, and its present.

It gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. 

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” sent out a press release to mark the first Black History Week in the U.S. Throughout his life, Carter G. Woodson worked tirelessly to promote black history in schools, leaving an indelible legacy.

The event was expanded in 1970, and since 1976 every US president has officially designated February as Black History Month in the US.

February was chosen in the US because it coincides with the births of former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass – who escaped slavery and became a key social activist. Both men played a significant role in helping to end slavery.

Events

Delta Chi Dates of Significance

1954

Removal of the "White Clause"

At the 30th International Convention in 1954 held in Biloxi, Mississippi, the members of the Fraternity voted to remove the “White Clause” from Delta Chi Law. This change to the bylaws paved the way for the Fraternity to become a more inclusive organization.

1954
1991

First African-American Regent

Delta Chi elected its first African-American Regent, Bill Williams, Gannon ‘83, in 1991. Williams had previously served as a Vice Regent in 1990.

1991
1994

First African-American Executive Committee Member

At Delta Chi’s 49th International Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, Bill Williams, Gannon ’83, became the first African-American member elected to the Executive Committee, being named the International Secretary (“CC”) on August 4, 1994 during the Convention’s second general session.

1994
1998

First African-American "AA"

At the 51st International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, Delta Chi elected its first African-American “AA”, Bill Williams, Gannon ‘83, during the second general session on August 6, 1998.

1998
2006

First African-American "BB" Emeritus

At the 55th International Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Ron Montgomery, Oshkosh ’88, became the first African-American “BB” Emeritus on July 26, 2006.

2006
2012

First African-American Member of the Order of the White Carnation

At the 58th International Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hamilton Henderson, Northwest ’82, became the first African-American member of the Order of the White Carnation on August 2, 2012.

2012
2019

First African-American Ritualist

In summer 2019, Cameron Barnett, Duquesne ’11, was named the first African-American Ritualist and Chairman of the Ritual Committee in Delta Chi.

2019
2022

First African-American "AA" Emeritus

At the 62nd International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Williams, Gannon ‘83, was awarded one of the most prestigious awards in Delta Chi, “AA” Emeritus.

2022
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