The Howard community discovered the defacement earlier today, and they swiftly began decrying the vandalism online. Additionally, photos began circulating, showing the extent of the matter and garnering attention on Twitter and Instagram.
The pictures showed how unknown vandals defaced historical markers associated with organizations within the Divine 9 (D9)—an umbrella of historically Black fraternities and sororities. Notably, 5 of the D9 organizations were founded at Howard itself.
“At least three plots on the university’s Yard have been destroyed in—what we are calling—a disgusting, HBCU hate crime,” HBCU Buzz said of the matter.
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“The University is aware that some of the Divine Nine Greek-lettered organizational plots located on the Main Yard have been defaced,” Howard said. “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.”
University police are currently investigating the matter and searching for suspects.
Senseless & Unacceptable | Here is a statement from #Howard University regarding the vandalism found on the Yard earlier today. HU Police are now investigating. (@wusa9) @HowardU pic.twitter.com/34wdFllDJJ
— John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) April 13, 2022
This matter comes on the heels of Howard University and many other HBCUs throughout the country receiving bomb threats.
From January on throughout Black History Month, unsubstantiated bomb threats plagued the institutions.
Notably, the FBI revealed from Jan. 6 to Feb. 16—57 HBCUs, places of worship, and faith-based institutions received threats. As Blavity previously reported, some of the most recent threats were against Norfolk State, Elizabeth City State, and Dillard.