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ΑΦΑ-ΓΓΛ & Furman University Release MLK Events for 2012

posted Nov 28, 2011, 5:43 PM by Upstate Admin NPHCGG   [ updated Dec 12, 2011, 8:28 PM by Bobby Clark ]

Judge Glenda Hatchett will be 2012 Keynote speaker at Furman University

Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina - Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ-ΓΓΛ) has released the 2012 schedule of events in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life and Legacy. Our ongoing theme for our events is "Building the Beloved Community" and it features a series of events from January 8th to February 18th, 2012. 

"We are inviting the entire Upstate Community to join us as we celebrate Dr. King's Legacy through service, advocacy and fellowship", said Brother Travis Smith, Chapter President of the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ-ΓΓΛ) here in Greenville, SC. This celebration has been observed for more than 30 years and since 2008, GGL has sponsored Greenville MLK Events in a partnership with Furman University. 

This year, the slate of events will start with the 33rd annual MLK Scholarship Gala which raises funds for Luke H. Scholarship Fund. The Fund has raised more than $62,000 for Greenville county High School Students. Bro. Chatman was a respected educator in the Upstate community and a member of Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter. The Gala is a Semi-formal plated-dinner with live entertainment and will recognize the 2012 MLK Citizenship Award winner. Last year's winner was Ms. Mary Duckett. The event will be held at the Younts Conference Center at 3 PM on January 8th. Tickets are $40 per person and available by calling Bro. Travis Posley at (864) 441-9067. 

Following the Gala, we have events geared toward youth and community Service. On January 13th, We have our annual Youth Empowerment Day at the Freetown Community Center. On January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, Furman University will be sponsoring its Day of Service effort. The National theme for the Day is "A Day on, Not a Day off" and this is Furman's effort to organize local community service projects that service-minded groups and individuals can participate in. We are encouraging any local groups to contact Nancy Cooper ( or (864)-294-2900 to participate in the effort. There will also be a Blood Drive on the same day for those who like to give blood as their service on that day. 

On Thursday, January 19th, our Keynote event will be held at Younts Conference at 7 PM. TV Personality Judge Glenda Hatchett will speak on the theme "Dare to take Charge: Ho to live and lead with purpose". Chandra Dillard of Furman University Public Relations, remarks "We are inviting the Upstate  to come and get your new year off to a great start by learning how to take charge of your life in 2012". This event is free to the public.

Then the focus is back on youth empowerment, as the MLK events extend into February. iBelieve Workshop, a student leadership seminar, will be held on January 26. It is for Furman students only. 

Gamma Gamma Lambda will be sponsoring its annual MLK Youth Award Program and College Fair. More than 250 students are expected to receive awards from five different categories from Greenville County High Schools. Additionally, we expect more dozen Local College Representatives to be on hand to speak to students about the first year of College. There will also be a Financial Aid Presentation for Parents and students. 

And finally, Furman University along with the City of Greenville will sponsor the "I Have More than a Dream" Oratorical Competition on concluding on February 18th. This competition seeks to encourage high school students the gift of oration that Dr. King use with great skill in his fight for justice. Several prizes are available for student in the competition. Both events are free and open to the public will be held in the University Center on Furman' campus. 

Here is a complete listing of the MLK Events for 2012 with contact information for each event.

2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Event Schedule

“Building the Beloved Community”

In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 8-February 18, 2012

Furman University

In partnership with Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and City of Greenville

Sunday, January 8                       Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala

3 PM                                                   Sponsored by Gamma Gamma Lambda of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

                                                               Younts Conference Center, Tickets: $40 per person


                                                               Contact: Travis Posley

                                                      or (864) 441-9067; website:


Friday, January 13                      Youth Empowerment Day

4 PM – 7 PM                                   Freetown Community Center, 200 Alice Avenue, Greenville, SC


                                                               Contact: Idella Glenn - or (864) 294-3104


Monday, January 16                 MLK Holiday Day of Service

9 AM - Noon                                   Heller Service Corps and Shucker Leadership Program


                                                               Contact: Nancy Cooper- or (864) 294-2900


Tuesday, January 17                  Day of Service Blood Drive

10 AM – 4PM                                Furman University, Watkins Room (University Center)


                                                               Contact: Idella Glenn - or (864) 294-3104


Thursday, January 19                MLK Commemoration Speaker: Judge Glenda Hatchett

7 PM                                                   “Dare to Take Charge:  How to Live and Lead with Purpose”

                                                               Younts Conference Center 


                                                               Contact: Chandra Dillard - or (864) 294-2503


Thursday, January 26                iBeleve Workshop

                                                          “Sponsored by Shucker Leadership Institute and Omicron Delta Kappa (students only)

                                                               Watkins Room, University Center.  


                                                               Contact: Kim Keefer - or (864) 294-3091


Saturday, February 4                MLK Youth Program and College Fair

9 AM – 2 PM                                  Furman University, Burgiss Theater and Watkins Room (University Center)

                                          College: Edward Young - or (864) 294-3037

                                                               Nominations: Bobby Clark- or (864) 441-9067


Saturday, February 18             “I Have More than A Dream” Oratorical Competition

10 AM                                                (in Partnership with City of Greenville)

                                                               Furman University, Burgiss Theater (University Center)


                                                               Contact: Idella Glenn- or (864) 294-3104



All events are free with the exception of the Scholarship Gala. For more information, call (864) 294-2503 or email