Southeastern plans MLK candlelight march Jan. 17

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana University will close Jan. 16 in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, but will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader with a candlelight processional and remembrance program on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
     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 7 p.m. at St. Tammany Hall with a candlelight processional.
     Duane Donald, coordinator of special projects at Southeastern and Alpha Phi Alpha member, said the fraternity has been actively involved in sponsoring the event because of the important message and legacy King left behind through his life.
     “His message still resonates with all Americans, so this is an opportunity for the campus community as well as the surrounding communities to pay tribute to our fraternity brother, Dr. King.”
     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 War Memorial Student Union Park. Shortly after the laying of the wreath, Alapha Phi Alpha Fraternity State Director Don M. Thanars will deliver an address. A jazz saxophonist with the contemporary group “Third Coast,” Thanars is currently the manager of strategic plans with Textron Marine and Land Systems in Slidell.
     For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, 985-549-3850.

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