BALTIMORE – The college and alumni brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have planned several activities and community service efforts nationally and around the Greater Baltimore region for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of one of its most renowned members.
Representatives from 10 local chapters of the Fraternity will participate in the city’s 18th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade at noon with step presentations, marching and a motorcade. Alpha Phi Alpha has been a major participant and highlight of the annual parade, which begins at the corner of Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and follows Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ends at Baltimore Street.
“On Monday, we celebrate and honor the legacy of one of our most beloved and recognized members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not only with our presence, but with service,” said Dr. Jamie Riley, executive director of the fraternity’s corporate headquarters located at 2313 St. Paul Street. “For 111 years, Alpha Phi Alpha has produced a myriad of notable members and leaders, who have been true to our motto of First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All. With more than 82,000 members, the fraternity represents an active partner and servant to communities worldwide.”
In addition to parade participation and visitation of elderly and sick brothers, some chapters have planned the following local community service efforts:
About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 700 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit http://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.