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The Afro-American, January 23, 2016 - January 29, 2016

MLK Peace Walk, Parade Photos by Shantella Sherman

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Parade on Jan. 18 took place in Southeast D.C. along the street named after the civil rights icon. The walk, parade featured local politicians and organizations who spoke about the impact Rev. King had on the nation. Members the U.S. Coast Guard Ms. Senior D.C. 2011 Emma P. Ward

Bishop Dr. Edward Barnett and Evangelist Brenda Graham of Greater Grace Family Ministry Church

Ballou High Schools band

Sheila Bryant, co-chair of the competition D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5)

Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School student Zoree Jones with her father Sandra Mitchell, co-chair

The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in conjunction with the Cecil & Irene Hylton Foundation hosted the 31st Annual King Day Celebration and

Photos by Rob Roberts

Gentlemen of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

26th Annual Youth Oratorical Contest Jan. 18. The theme was , “Imagine: What if…?” Winners included Zoree Jones, Ronald Reagan Middle School and Norman Jones Jr., Stonewall High School. Also, Elementary Writing Contest Winners were recognized.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and a D.C. resident

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Sheila Bryant; Zoree Jones, winner of the Middle School category and Tabatha T. Turman, president, Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Lillie G. Jessie, founder oratory contest, member of Prince William County School Board

Sheila Bryant; Norman Jones Jr., winner of the High School category and Tabatha T. Turman

MLK Community Choir

Photos by Wil Payton

Oratorical Contest winners: Norman Jones III, 1st Place Winner; Melody Brown, 2nd Place Winner; Samantha O’Sullivan, 3rd place winner; Samuel Dade, 4th Place Winner; and Kasandra Sanchez-Hernandez, 5th Place Winner.

Brother Gerald L. Gladney (left), president of the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Foundation and Brother Darryl W. Sharp, Sr. (right), president of the Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Kasandra Sanchez-Hernandez

William J. Calhoun, Educator and Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund Board of Directors

Lorraine Jackson, 1st vice president, Prince William County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Alpha Oratory Contest, Community Brunch

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Boy Scout Troop 1906. Standing: Troop Leader Brother Jerome Furlow (left); Troop Leader Brother Calvin Small (center) and Chapter member Brother Horace McClerklin (right).

Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund conducted their 2016 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest and Community Recognition Brunch Jan. 16 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner hotel. The event theme was entitled “Achieving the Dream”, and the program featured five high school aged oratorical contest finalists who spoke about their views concerning the questions, “Has Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream been realized? Why or why not?” Prizes, awards and special gifts valued in excess of $4000.

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The Afro-American, January 23, 2016 - January 29, 2016

The Band Marching Unit

MLK Birthday Float Emcee Konan, 92 Q Radio

Baltimore City honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations, and floats. The parade stepped off at Martin Luther King, Baltimore City Fire Department Color Guard Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, continuing south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on Jan. 18. Black Professional Men, Inc. Thousands came out in the frigid temperatures Westsiders to support the parade. Marching Band

Ms. Exquisite Contestants Photos by Anderson Ward

Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake and Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

Nykidra Robinson, founder of Black Girls Vote

Baltimore Branch NAACP Float

Country Zydeco Horsemen and Women

Dunbar High School Band

Morgan State granted honorary doctorates to students who participated in the sit-ins and demonstrations in Maryland from the late 1940s to early 1960s.

National Pan-Hellenic Council of Metropolitan Baltimore

The New Baltimore Twilighters Band

State Senator Catherine Pugh

Edmonson Westside Marching Band

Penelope Taylor, Rev. Frances Murphy Draper, Dr. David Wilson, Hon. Kweisi Mfume, Shelonda Stokes, Gen. (Ret.) Larry Ellis and Winston Wilkinson were among the Board of Regents congratulating Rev. Jackson on his award.

Overjoyed graduates!

Alpha Phi Alpha Steppers

Nadira France

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr, noted civil rights leader and human rights activist, was the keynote speaker as more than 345 individuals celebrated their graduation at Morgan State University’s December commencement. The graduation exercises Autherine Juanita Lucy Foster, a in the Talmadge Hill Field House marked the University’s 50th anniversary civil rights pioneer was awarded the Dr. David Wilson commemoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Doctor of Laws Honorary degree. “Fifty years ago, this important legislation made it possible for all people in this country, particularly African Americans, to exercise their right to vote…’ said Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “And as we pause to celebrate 50 years since enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are fortunate that our students were able to share in this milestone with a longtime champion of civil rights.” Graduates preparing to Honorary doctorates were also presented to Autherine Lucy Foster, receive their degrees another civil rights pioneer who helped to desegregate the University of Reverend Bernard Keels Alabama, and Morgan State’s civil rights pioneers from 1947-1963 who were responsible for desegregating theaters and lunch counters in Baltimore.

ROTC graduates Honor graduates stand as their names are called.

Murphy family member Laura Phillips Byrd was honored as one of the Civil Rights Pioneers. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

The Doctor of Philosophy was awarded posthumously to Stacy Lockhart ‘and was presented to her husband and son. Photos by Dr. A. Lois De Laine

Doctor of Education candidates

Civil Rights Pioneer Dr. Cynthia Neverdone Morton

The Honorable Kweisi Mfume

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