BALTIMORE – The college and alumni brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have planned several activities and community service efforts nationally and around the Greater Baltimore region for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of one of its most renowned members.

Representatives from 10 local chapters of the Fraternity will participate in the city’s 18th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade at noon with step presentations, marching and a motorcade. Alpha Phi Alpha has been a major participant and highlight of the annual parade, which begins at the corner of Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and follows Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ends at Baltimore Street.

“On Monday, we celebrate and honor the legacy of one of our most beloved and recognized members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not only with our presence, but with service,” said Dr. Jamie Riley, executive director of the fraternity’s corporate headquarters located at 2313 St. Paul Street. “For 111 years, Alpha Phi Alpha has produced a myriad of notable members and leaders, who have been true to our motto of First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All. With more than 82,000 members, the fraternity represents an active partner and servant to communities worldwide.”

In addition to parade participation and visitation of elderly and sick brothers, some chapters have planned the following local community service efforts:

  • Brothers of Delta Lambda chapter will distribute personal hygiene kits to 70 homeless veterans served by the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training Center, 300 N. Exeter Street at 3 p.m. For more information, contact: Anton Bizzell (202) 422-1560 or
  • Brothers of Kappa Phi Lambda and Upsilon Zeta chapters will collect non-perishable, food items at the Giant Grocery Store, 9200 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to benefit the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, contact: Brandon Tilghman (757) 870-4794.
  • Brothers of Mu Rho chapter will paint classrooms at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, 2921 Stranden Road from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Maconel James (612) 275-7591.