UNT Alpha Phi Alpha lead MLK Day march and rally

UNT Alpha Phi Alpha lead MLK Day march and rally

The crowd linked arms and began to sing, “I’m going to let it shine.” Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

UNT Alpha Phi Alpha lead MLK Day march and rally
January 18
20:43 2016

Julia Falcon | Staff Writer

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The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity organized a march and rally on campus Monday, drawing about 200 people to celebrate the momentous strides for racial equality pushed by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

More people joined the Martin Luther King Jr. walk as the march entered its last mile toward the center.   Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

More people joined the Martin Luther King Jr. walk as the march entered its last mile toward the MLK Jr. Recreation center. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a part of this fraternity, so we want to give back and commemorate his life, and today we are celebrating an important man in our country’s history,” the fraternity’s vice president, Durel Dolford, said. “In some aspects, King would appreciate our country’s unity but at the same time we contradict ourselves for certain things.”

The march began with a rally at the University Union and ended at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center for an honorary program. It was open to students as well as locals, like Elina Tamez, who believes King’s teachings resound through people of all walks of life.

The MLK march went through the Denton square and continued four miles across town.   Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

The MLK march went through the Denton square and continued four miles across town.
Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

“In Denton, it’s meaningful for us because we feel a lot of injustice coming not only through Black Lives Matter but also social injustices. We are here to show our solidarity to Dr. King,” Tamez said. “I do not think King would be satisfied with our nation today because we have not made much progress since the civil rights movement, we pay a lot of service to him but it’s still a black and white nation. This is a day we look at a man of wisdom who profoundly changed our lives.”

Alpha Phi Alpha president Jordan Smith said this country has travelled a difficult path since King’s time.

“This is a day to remember the life and achievements of Dr. King and to keep that legacy and the things he did for his generation going,” Smith said. “We want to strive to better ourselves and our nation by doing so. I think King would be pleased by the progress that has been made in this country, but would continue to fight for more civil rights.”

The crowd linked arms and began to sing, “I’m going to let it shine.”  Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

The crowd linked arms and began to sing, “This Little Light Of Mine” as they marched through downtown Denton.
Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

Dolford said even though King fought for civil rights and for equality among all minorities, if he were alive today he would still be fighting for change.

“King would want a better representation for the minorities and would want us to learn more about the government,” Dolford said. “A lot of things that happen in this country happen from black representation.”

Featured Image: Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity link arms and began to sing, “I’m going to let it shine.” Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

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