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Southeastern plans MLK candlelight march Jan. 20

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight processional and remembrance program on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

     The event, sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Tammany Hall.

     Participants will walk to the War Memorial Student Union, where Alpha Phi Alpha will continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the tree planted in Dr. King's memory in the Student Union park and also briefly discuss the group’s plans to have a special monument constructed on campus in the next few months in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King.

     Shortly after the laying of the wreath, there will be a special guest speaker and program in the Student Union Theatre.

     "This year's event is even more momentous, as on the day we honor Dr. King we also inaugurate our nation’s first African American President, Barack Obama,” said Makeitta Darbonne, coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs. “It's unfortunate that Dr. King did not live long enough to see the fruits of his labor manifest in this historic fashion, yet because of the hard work and dedication of  heroes like Dr. King, we can celebrate such an event during this lifetime.”

     For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, 985-549-3850.

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