Fraternity celebrates 20th MLK unity march, luncheon - WNEM TV 5

Fraternity celebrates 20th MLK unity march, luncheon

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

King would have been 87 years-old on Jan. 15.

The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity hosted their 20th annual unity march and luncheon in Saginaw.

A large group braved the bitter winds, marching down Franklin Street to honor King’s memory.

"During the civil rights movement when people were fighting for equality and to eliminate segregation. Look at all the adversity they had, dogs, firehoses and those kind of things," said marcher Eddie Fox.

Pastor Larry Camel took part in the march, he said we still have work to do before we realize King's dream.

"We still have a problem with racism. We have not enough jobs in our community, economic resources," Camel said.

After the march everyone went inside to have some lunch and honor some of their peers.

Angela Williams of Health Delivery Inc. won the MLK Unity Award.

"I'm very humbled by this. I'm surprised thought enough to recognize my work in the community," Williams said.

Rosemary Reeves, a Delta College staff member, took home this year's Spirit of Dr. King Award.

"The thought of having my name on a plaque with the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King – it’s an honor," Reeves said.

Fox said he is looking forward to honoring King’s legacy again next year.

"We know the struggles they went through during the civil rights movement. We're just glad to celebrate and help that out," Fox said.

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