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A Phi A partners with AKA at King Parade for voters registration

 Members of Beta Psi Lambda and Alpha Gamma Omega help a local resident update her address on her voter's registration card.


On Monday January 18, 2016,  the Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda chapter participated in their first 2016 Community Impact Day, take A.C.T.I.O.N. (Advocate, Communicate, Train, Influence, Organize, Network) and launched their joint voter awareness program in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter. 

This effort falls directly in line with their national program, "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People," which was initiated as a National Program of Alpha during the 1930's when many African-Americans had the right to vote but were prevented from voting because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Voter education and registration has remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years. In the 1990's, the focus has shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.

“When I think about Dr. King, specifically MLK Day, the words that come to my mind are: ‘Legacy, Civil Rights, and Dream,’ said Jamin Butler of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. “Dr. King’s legacy is rich and so all encompassing, that literally every living person has benefited by his works and words. It is in honor of his legacy, that on his national holiday, we are organizing community-based events and programming with a focus on education and self-empowerment. More specifically as our country races towards the 2016 election day, we are here in the heart of the Leimert Park-Crenshaw District promoting voter education and voter awareness.

“Today in 2016, Dr. King’s dream lives on, as the fight for our civil and human rights is just as strong as it was in the 1960s,” Butler stressed. “In fact, erasing ‘income inequality’ is an issue Dr. King championed, which is currently being discussed at all levels of government today. And we want our communities and our citizens to have a voice and a vote in creating the legislation and change, that Dr. King dreamed about, the change we all prayed and worked so hard for.”

"The best way to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our sister Coretta Scott King is to make sure we are registered voters,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter President Dr. Edna Burems

January 18, Martin Luther King Day, is a federal holiday! The day celebrates the life and achievements of Bro. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader, an Alpha Man! He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. In addition to participating in the joint community service effort, the Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda participated in the Los Angeles MLK Parade, the largest MLK parade celebration in the nation.

 Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda register two local residents to vote.

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha with Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson, who is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

 Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda with Congresswoman Karen Bass.

Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda with John Mack, civil rights attorney, former President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Members of Beta Psi Lambda and Alpha Gamma Omega.

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