How the ‘Divine Nine’ honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity gathered virtually, Monday, to discuss challenges plaguing the mid-south.

Black fraternities and sororities were often the backbone of the civil rights movement.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.  The fraternity was founded in 1906 at Cornell University. 

Dr. King joined the Boston chapter in 1952 while a student at Boston University.  His fraternity brothers supported him during the Montgomery bus boycott.

Monday, members of the fraternity discussed vital issues pertaining to the midsouth.

“I took a welding class at Southwest.  I didn’t necessarily do that because I wanted to be a welder. I wanted to be able to talk to kids about the opportunities out there,” said Judge Tarik Sugarmon of Sheby County’s municipal court.

Monday was also a day of service for the sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha.  Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, was a life-long member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Monday, the Phi Lambda Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority spent the day collecting items, such as laundry detergent, bedsheets, face towels and cleaning supplies.