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Released December 25, 2008

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Annual Partnership with Furman University to remember Dr. King
A series of events will held in January, featuring the 30th annual Scholarship Gala

Greenville, SC, December 25, 2008 – The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is continuing its partnership 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. Under the shared theme "Building the Beloved Community, Reclaiming Our Legacy", Gamma Gamma Lambda and the SLBC will host several events in January, commemorating King, the late civil rights activist, on Furman's University's campus.

The upcoming 30th MLK Gala.will again the featured events as Gamma Gamma Lambda will honor our late Bro. King on Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Yount’s Center on the campus of Furman University.

This will be the 30th annual MLK Gala and will feature
a performance by Furman University's Jazz Quintet and Gospel Choir
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The entertainment for the event will be the Furman Jazz Quintet and the Furman Gospel Ensemble. Expect many important civic and business leaders present as Gamma Gamma Lambda honors one of Greenville’s giants for his vision and support of the African-American community, both past and present.

As special honor on that night will be the presentation of the 2009 MLK Citizenship Award to Honorable Max Heller, former Mayor of Greenville.The Scholarship Gala will feature Furman’s Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for the events are $40 per person and can be purchased from any brother of the Chapter or by calling (864) 244-3731.The proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship and the MLK Memorial Project being erected in Washington, DC.

In addition to the Scholarship Gala on January 19, several other activities will happen through January, to include the following events.

  • Friday, January 16, 2009 - 2 PM to until.
    Freetown Youth Stay in School Pizza Party
    Footsteps: Community Outreach Program
    Freetown Recreation Center
  • Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 9 AM
    Go To High School/ Go to College
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program and College Fair
    University Center at Furman University
    This program will be held at Waktins Room from 9 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.
  • Friday, January 30th - 7 PM
    Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have More than a Dream” Oratorical Contest
    Furman University, Burgiss Theater
    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 a community service called Operation: Warmth, a blanket drive for the homeless on Furman's campus.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is the nation's oldest and largest predominantly black Greek-letter fraternity established by college students. Founded on December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has more than 750 chapters worldwide with over 100,000 member initiated. Gamma Gamma Lambda is the Greenville Chapter established in 1941.

For more information about the MLK Gala or the Go to High School, Go to College Youth Program, please contact Odis Hatton, MLK 2009 Chairman at or by calling by calling (864) 244-3731.

Click to view the Full Schedule for MLK Events - January 2009

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