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25th Annual MLK Commemorative Banquet to be held on January 19, 2004
There will be also a MLK Youth Program & College Fair held on January 17th.

The Greenville Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will conduct the MLK Scholarship Commemorative Banquet. The Banquet will be held at 7:00 PM on January 19, 2004 at the Greenville Hilton located just off of I-85 and Haywood Road. The Banquet, along the Upstate Youth Program, is an annual part of the Chapter's Martin Luther King celebration held the weekend before his birthday.

The MLK Banquet, in addition to honoring Dr. King's message and dream, is an effort to raise funds to award scholarships to area high school students. A portion of banquet's ticket goes toward Luke Chatman Scholarship fund that will award one $3000 scholarship this year. The keynote speaker is Bro. Darrin Thomas, vice president of Black Pages USA.

This year's speaker, Darrin Thomas, Vice President of Black Pages USA will speak on "Economic Empowerment"

The theme for this year's banquet is "Economic Empowerment". This year's MLK Community Award winner will be announced at the banquet. Last year, Michael Burton, of the Happy Hearts Community Outreach Center, was the award's recipient.

Tickets are $25 per person and the event is open to the public. Interested persons can buy tickets from any brother of the Greenville Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. To buy tickets, please visit our website's MLK purchase form at

The MLK Youth and Upstate College Fair will be held on January 17, 2004 at Southside High School. This program honors deserving high school students who have excelled in five areas: Art, Athletics, Music, Leadership and Academics. Last year, over 225 awards winners were recognized, and the college fair brought thirteen representatives from local colleges and universities. Also, two panel discussions were held for parents and students about college expectations and financial aid options.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is the nation's first African-American Greek-letter fraternity established by college students. Established on December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University, Alpha Phi Alpha has more than 750 chapters worldwide with over 100,000 members. Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter is the Greenville chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha established in 1941.

For more information about the MLK banquet or the MLK Youth Program, please contact Charles Beasley, MLK 2004 Chairman at


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