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Released December 28, 2007
Updated January 5, 2008

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GGL Partners with Furman University to remember
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of events
Scholarship Gala – "Building the Beloved Community, Reclaiming Our Legacy" – to highlight MLK Activities

Greenville, SC, December 28, 2007 – The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has partnered with the Furman University Student League for Black Culture (SLBC), organizing a series of events to celebrate the legacies of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Joseph Vaughn. Under the theme Building the Beloved Community, Reclaiming Our Legacy, Gamma Gamma Lambda and the SLBC will host a week-long celebration, commemorating King, the late civil rights activist, and Vaughn, the first African-American alumnus of Furman.

This will be the 29th annual MLK Gala and will feature
a performance by The Voice of Lowcounty Musical Group.
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The celebration will begin on January 16, 2008 with the I Have More Than A Dream Oratorical Competition, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Furman’s Daniel Chapel. During this event, high school student speakers will compete for a cash prize and the Joseph Vaughn Cup. Also on this day, Furman will sponsor acommunity service called Operation: Warmth, a blanket drive for the homeless on Furman's campus..

Vanguard: The Legacy of Joseph Vaughn will be held on Thursday, January 17 at Furman’s Waktins Room in University Center at 7 p.m. A panel of Vaughn’s classmates, instructors, friends and relatives will honor the late pioneer, commemorating the 40th anniversary of his graduation.

On Saturday, January 19, the Alpha Phi Alpha “Go to High School, Go to College” Upstate College Fair and Awards Program will be held at Waktins Room from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. With this event, the chapter will recognize high school youth in the Upstate area, presenting awards in four areas of excellence: Art, Athletics, Leadership and Music.

The celebration will culminate on Monday, January 21, when Gamma Gamma Lambda hosts the 29th Annual MLK Scholarship Gala at Furman’s Younts Conference Center at 7 p.m. The Voices of the Lowcountry, a performance group from Beaufort, S.C., will provide a dynamic blend of song, dance and spoken word, commemorating the life of Dr. King.

Tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased from any member of the Gamma Gamma Lambda chapter or call (864) 244-3731.

Click to view the Full Schedule for MLK Events - January 16-21, 2008

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