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Celebrating The History Of The Divine 9 On Our UTC Campus

Future Home of the UTC Divine Nine Heritage park.  (Corner of Vine Street and Terrell Owens Way, adjacent to the UTC University Center.)
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Future Home of the UTC Divine Nine Heritage park. (Corner of Vine Street and Terrell Owens Way, adjacent to the UTC University Center.)

Fifty years ago, in 1971, five African-American fraternities and sororities began to establish chapters here on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

This fall, UTC commemorated that milestone - and announced the establishment of the Divine 9 Heritage Park on campus, to honor the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities under the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Last month, I spoke with Dr. Yancy Freeman, UTC’s Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Vanasia Parks, senior associate vice chancellor for business services; and Amy Davis, director of the Mocs One Center - all graduates of UTC and members of Divine 9 chapters.

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