January 21, 2013
Written By Stefantè Randall
Tampa, FL- The University of South Florida paid homage to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday January 21st in the MLK Plaza. During this year’s theme, “Share the Dream…Live the Reality,” students came together to remember his accomplishments and contributions during The Annual MLK Candlelight Vigil during USF’S MLK Commemorative Week Celebration.
The Theta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and The Gamma Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated brought students together to reflect and encourage them to keep their dreams alive.
“You have to choose to carry a piece of the dream with you. Let your children know about it, your children’s children know about it and continue to let freedom ring!” stated Rev. John T. Warren, graduate member of the Gamma Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Many people may wonder and question why the nation observes and celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day? It is because of people like him and other civil rights leaders that African Americans and all minorities have been afforded the multitude of opportunities that they have today.
William Leonard, keynote speaker and member of The Gamma Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., stated “We have made great strides, but we still have a long ways to go.” This is why Martin Luther King Jr. Day is important. One of King’s beliefs was to create a beloved community in which all people work together, despite the color of their skin.
Maurice Brewton, chairman and member of The Theta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., stated “The purpose of the event was to encourage students to be active in their communities, accomplish their dreams, and be respectful to others.”