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Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter
P. O. Box 5244
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Contact: Bobby Clark



Williams Selected for local King Award
GGL names local activist as 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citenzenship Award winner

Greenville, SC - Maxim A. Williams, Director of Community Relationship Building for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, has been selected by the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as the winner of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award.

Williams was selected because of his outstanding service through Bon Secours’ Building Healthy Communities Initiative, working to organize and improve the Sterling community. He is also the founder of the Sterling Phoenix League, a community-based, umbrella organization focused on housing, community spirit, safety, economic development, health & wellness, and youth engagement.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award is presented in Greenville annually by the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at its MLK Scholarship Gala. Since the first award was presented, over twenty-five distinguished men and women have been honored for their outstanding service to the citizens of Greenville. Recipients have provided service in diverse areas including civil rights, government service, education, and youth services.

Prior award recipients include Lottie Gibson, Max Heller, Fred Bostic, Thomas Kerns, and Xanthene Norris. There is a completed list of winners available on the Chapter website,

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala will be held Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Younts Center on the Furman University Campus. Tickets for the Gala can be obtained from any member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Call 864-888-7741 or e-mail for more information.

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice – educationally and socially – at Cornell. The founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. Gamma Gamma Lambda is the Greenville Chapter established in 1941.

Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.


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