Public Invited to Celebrate Life and Legacy of MLK

Alpha Phi Alpha, Pi Epsilon chapter to host seventh annual vigil and tribute on Jan. 22

students with candles

Students hold candles in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 2009 memorial.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Staff, students and faculty of the University of California, Riverside, as well as residents from the Riverside community are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Seventh Annual MLK Candlelight Vigil and Tribute on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The memorial is hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Pi Epsilon chapter.

people around flag pole

People gather around the UCR flagpole for a candlelight vigil memorializing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2009.

The festivities will begin with a candlelight vigil at the flagpole adjacent to Hinderaker Hall at 7 p.m. Participants will then walk up the mall, past the Bell Tower, to Life Sciences 1500 for the tribute show.

“The tribute show will feature a number of visually empowering performances, including spoken word and musical numbers,” said Obinna Emenalom, a senior anthropology major from Vallejo, CA who is chairperson for the event. “They will capture the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that defined Dr. Martin Luther King’s character and empowered his leadership and revolutionary spirit.”

King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, joining the Sigma Chapter while a graduate student at Boston University in 1952.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Parking will also be free, with the African Student Programs Office at UCR sponsoring the cost of parking permits.

“This memorial is not just for black students. Dr. King’s work benefited all people, regardless of their skin color,” said Ken Simons, director of African Student Programs at UCR. “I hope to see a wide variety of people coming out to the event.”

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Obinna Emenalom, Alpha Phi Alpha
Tel: (707) 631-0161

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