35th annual prayer breakfast slated on MLK’s birthday

By Jessica Cook

Special to the Delaware State News

The Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host the 35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15, at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

The keynote speaker of the event will be Dover native, Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, the presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The sixth district encompasses more than 500 churches in the state of Georgia. Bishop Jackson is a 1976 graduate of Delaware State University and continued his education at Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, graduating in 1979.

“The Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. considers it a great privilege to sponsor this community service event,” said Jeffery L. Fleming, president of the Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter. “The prayer breakfast allows us to recognize the legacy that our dear brother, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has left for generations to come.”

Last year’s event had more than 750 guests in attendance and this year’s event is expected to be just as popular. The program will include a featured speaker, Bishop Jackson, as well as other speakers and musical performances by Born Again Jazz Ensemble and the Caesar Rodney High School Jazz Ensemble. In addition, the 2018 Scholarship Award recipients will be recognized during the program.

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity in the United States established for men of African descent. Founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York during a time of racial unrest in 1906, the group originally served as a study and support group for minority students in an effort to help them succeed in the face of prejudice. The fraternity has built strong principals of scholarship, fellowship, good character and service to others. In 1945 the fraternity integrated its membership and welcomed other minorities. Currently more than 175,000 men have been initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Many chapters emerged throughout the county including the Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter on November 6, 1956. Associated with Delaware State College (long before the name change to Delaware State University), thirteen men founded the chapter that now has a current membership of more than 60. There are currently 353 college chapters and 339 alumni chapters of the international fraternity.

The Modern Maturity Center is located at 1121 Forrest Ave. in Dover. The event starts with doors open at 7:30 a.m., program begins at 8:30 a.m. and tickets are $22. To purchase tickets or learn more contact Nathaniel Williams at (302) 242-8783 or email him at willine2@msn.com. For more information about the organization, visit www.zetarholambda-apa.org.

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