Black Belt Alphas hosted, sponsored MLK Holiday Parade

Published 7:09 am Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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The Delta Pi Lamda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,Inc. hosted and sponsored a MLK City Parade last Saturday.

The parade began at School of Discovery and finished at Riverfront Park.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson,   Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn, Dallas County Zetas of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Selma High Band, Selma City Council, Dallas County Sheriff Candidate Donald Shepherd, Dallas County Clerk, Dallas County Tax Collector, Delta Sigma Theta, Black Belt Alphas, Queen City Cruisers and  Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church were the organizations that participated. Orrville Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin was the Grand Marshal.

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Delta Pi Lambda Chapter  Vice President and Parade Chairman Donovan McGuire said he was pleased with the turnout. “The parade was simply amazing, we had representation from all areas of Dallas County,” McGuire said.

“We would to thank Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin for serving as our Grand Marshal. Also, we would like to thank everyone that participated in this demonstration of Unity.

McGuire said the fraternity hopes the parade carried the example set by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. decades ago.

“In the words of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King JR., we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools. We are pleased to know that we are unified,” McGuire said.

Black Alphas member Billy Young shared his memories growing up in Selma when King visited.

“Last weekend the Black Belt Alphas and the Selma Center for Nonviolence Truth and Reconciliation reminded Selma of its historic relationship with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” Young said.

“As a young person growing up in Selma I remember all of the activities and in particular the MLK Day marches. I am so grateful that this year there was a return in acknowledging a great man that challenged and improved the entire world.”

Young also was thrilled with the participation.

“The MLK Day Parade was an important event for our community and reminded us of a man that did not solve problems with divisive speech but unified us in peace and equality,” Young said. “Thank you to everyone that participated and made this Parade a huge success.”