The First Latino Fraternity at a HBCU

jcsuJohnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has recently approved the establishment of a chapter of the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity on campus. University officials believe it is the first Latino fraternity on the campus of any historically Black college or university.

The Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity was founded in 1975 at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. The Johnson C. Smith University chapter is the 127th established by the fraternity. There are six founding members of the Johnson C. Smith University colony.

The fraternity is open to men of any race or ethnicity who “support its values of scholarship, respect for all cultures, community service, and the advancement and fair treatment of Latinos in the United States.”


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