Historic Black fraternity’s luncheon honors Dr. King, awards student scholarships

January 10, 2024

Alpha Phi Alpha Orlando chapter held its 38th annual luncheon

ORLANDO, Fla. – As members of a historic African-American Fraternity gather to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they are also getting results for their community and empowering young people through scholastic recognition.

You could hear singing reverberating through the halls of First Baptist Orlando as community leaders, students, and more sang “We Shall Overcome” during a portion of a keynote speaker’s speech on Friday.

Moments like this were just one of many highlighting Dr. King’s impact as members of the Delta Xi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated held their 38th annual MLK Luncheon.

“What you see inside is a representation of us coming together to continue to promote…the dream,” said Jermain Patterson.

Patterson, the president of the Orlando chapter, says the luncheon honors “drum majors” in business, community service, civic, social justice, and scholastic achievement.

“It ties to the ‘Drum Major Instinct’ speech,” said Patterson. “Being a drum major in what you do. We kind of took the tagline of that speech and that became the essence of the awards.”