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Life and Legacy Tribute to King Presented Jan. 15

UCR Holds Life and Legacy: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King on Jan. 15

African Student Programs office and local chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will hold candlelight vigil, march and program to honor the late civil rights leader.

(January 11, 2008)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (credit National Archives)Enlarge

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (credit National Archives)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The UC Riverside African Student Programs office and the Pi Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are sponsoring a special tribute honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan.15 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Theatre on the UCR campus.

A silent march will lead to the Carillon Belltower (located in the center of UC Riverside campus) at 5:30 p.m. where a candlelight vigil will be held prior to the 6:30 p.m. presentation in the theatre of poetry, songs, video and local K-12 students reciting how Dr. King’s message of peace and unity can be applied in their own communities.

“This event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is aimed at bringing the community together in celebration of his accomplishments and efforts in making racial equality a reality during the Civil Rights Era,” the fraternity said. “The vigil, march and program will allow attendees to reflect on Dr. King and his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, struggle for racial equality and improvement of society.”

The fraternity operates community service programs and has helped plan for the Martin Luther King memorial on the national mall in Washington D.C.

African Student Programs (ASP) is a Student Affairs Department established in 1968. Serving students since 1972, its purpose is to enhance the academic, cultural and social development and to retain students of African descent. Its works to promote academic excellence by providing opportunities for students in their development as role models, leaders, professionals and scholars.

For more information regarding upcoming events or community service, please contact the Pi Epsilon chapter at, or contact the UC Riverside African Student Programs office at 951-827-4576.

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