CANCELED: Congressman Chaka Fattah Host Capitol Hill Ceremony Honoring Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

    CANCELED: Congressman Chaka Fattah Host Capitol Hill Ceremony Honoring Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

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    Due to Hurricane Irene this event has been canceled

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Fattah's (D-PA) event recognizing the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for its success in erecting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Monument has been canceled due to Hurricane Irene. Details of the original event follow:


    More than 800 members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and their guests will gather on Capitol Hill this weekend to receive recognition for their diligence in securing a place on the Mall for a National Memorial for their fraternity brother and civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) will host the ceremony on the eve of the unveiling of King's Memorial for members of the Alphas, of which he is a member. ?Almost 30 years ago, the nation's first African American fraternity established a foundation that led the fund-raising drive for the memorial. ?Over $114 million was collected for the monument to honor Dr. King who was also an Alpha.

    "Without the dedication and determination of my fraternity brothers, without the millions donated by them and those who believe in Dr. King's dream, the King National Memorial would still only be an idea," said Fattah. "Instead, their dream, conceived almost 30 years ago, to honor "the dreamer" is now a reality. It is proper and fitting to thank them for their efforts. ?And former Alpha President Harry Johnson has done a tremendous job heading up the MLK Memorial Project Foundation taking it from a concept to a concrete monument."

    The Alpha Phi Alpha ceremony listed as part of the official weekend events will include remarks by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and King's only surviving daughter, Elder Bernice King.

    Fattah said, "Dr. King has secured a place for all of us on the National Mall and in the heart of our nation. His legacy has improved the lives, and the life chances, of our entire country. He has made the world a better place. Dr. King's life is the foundation upon which this National Memorial is built."


    Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Elder Bernice King – Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Alpha Phi Alpha Members of the U.S. House of Representatives


    Ceremony Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizing the work of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in erecting the National Memorial for the civil rights leader.


    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


    Cannon House Office Building – Room #345

    Independence and New Jersey Avenue SE

    Capitol Hill

    Washington, DC 20515

    SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah