Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Honors Martin Luther King, Jr with a Parade

Martin Luther King, Jr Parade.

Martin Luther King, Jr Parade

As January starts to unfold, with it comes some sweet new winter events. Some, like Carlsbad's Kid's Legoland Marathon, are purely fun and family–friendly. Others, like the Martin Luther King Jr. parade, pay homage to our country's dark history and the social strides that have been made.

On January 17th, 2016, come out to the Embarcadero and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the 36th Annual Parade. The parade is a way to celebrate his life and all that he accomplished for the Civil Rights Movement. There will be floats, high school bands, drill teams and marching bands with members of the community walking alongside them. Local colleges and universities, as well as churches and youth groups, will join in the festivities.

This event will follow the Multi–Cultural festival that is held the day before at Ruocco Park in downtown San Diego. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade is set to start at the Maritime Museum on Harbor Drive, and it will end on G street. There is free parking near the parade route, but it may be in short supply, so arrive early to snag a space! Paid parking is also available at the County Administration center in their underground garage or in the public parking structure at the corner of Cedar Street and Kettner Blvd.

The parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., which is the oldest African American fraternity in America. It was founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice at Cornell. The founders laid a firm foundation in principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character and uplifting humanity.

As the fraternity continued to grow, they become more established at other colleges and universities. Alpha Phi Alpha felt it was important to keep to the standards of academic excellence, but they also wanted to help the community. They recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political and social injustices that faced African Americans, and this fraternity has stood at the forefront of the African American community's fight for civil rights.