Join the city of San Diego on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00pm for the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the US, and only continues to grow with each passing year. The parade will be jam-packed with dazzling floats, soulful high school bands, drill teams, and students and members of colleges, fraternities, churches, organizations, and youth groups.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the oldest functioning African American fraternity in America – it was founded by seven men who studied at Cornell University in New York back in 1906, when the racial dialogue was just beginning. They recognized the need for an alliance among African-Americans in the US, particularly at universities and colleges. Alpha Phi Alpha chapters later began popping up at other colleges and universities after its initial founding at Cornell.
Alpha Phi Alpha has been a champion for African-American civil rights since its founding, and continues to do so today through various sponsored activities and events throughout the year. Many well known leaders today were members then, among them names like W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and others.
The parade kicks off at 2pm on Harbor Drive at the Embarcadero and continues through the streets of downtown until 5pm. For other events and activities happening this January, check out our events page and keep up to date with our blogs.
[images & info: utsandiego, alpha-zsl.org]
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