Alphas to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with vigil


Katie Smith

Jasmine Thomas, a freshman political science major, and Ivory Parker, a freshman Spanish major, hold their candles as they march to the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Monday during the Martin Luther King Jr. vigil on Jan. 20, 2014.

Roberto Hodge, Multicultural Editor

Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host their 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. vigil and march at 6 p.m. Monday at Thomas Hall.

The march will begin at Thomas Hall and continue to the Grand Ballroom of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

Phillip Love, the president of Alpha Phi Alpha, said the theme for this year’s vigil is “Unfinished Business,” which will allow those participating in the vigil to discuss aspects of King’s dream that have not been executed.

Love said the event would begin at Thomas Hall with a vigil, songs and a march; Ron Zimmermann will give a keynote address. He added some members of the fraternity would be speaking on what they think should be improved upon within society.

King, who was a Civil Rights leader, was also a member of the Alphas and the event is one of the ways members of the fraternity celebrate his life and his accomplishments.

Love said some African-Americans have become too settled within society and are not pushing forward to make it better or make much of a change. He said the current statuses of African-Americans have come far, but they can go even further.

New to this year’s event will more Alpha members speaking, but there will continue to be praise dancing, cake, music and possible Alpha strolls.

The overall goal of the event is to remind others to not settle with what is going on in their life and society, as well as remembering King as a leader and Alpha member, Love said.

If King were alive today, Love believes he would say that African-Americans would have to do better because of how hard Civil Rights leaders have worked for equality.


Roberto Hodge can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].