The Nu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted the MLK Jr. Unity March on Sunday, February 21, 2021, to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and this year’s theme of black excellence.
“The march, itself, is a form of celebration for the march back in the day with Martin Luther King Jr. to celebrate him and all those who followed him,” said Thomas Golden, the president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
This march kicks off the annual Martin Luther King Jr. week. This week-long celebration has traditionally occurred during the same week as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. However, it was pushed back to accommodate the delay of hybrid and in-person classes.
Kicking off the march, Brittney Windham, the president of the Black Student Union, spoke on what black excellence meant to her.
“To be excellent, you need people in your corner. You can’t do it alone. I don’t need to tell anyone here how hard it is to be a minority at a PWI which is why we need to remember that the stronger our community is the easier and the more enjoyable our experience will be here on campus,” she said.
The march was followed by various events throughout the week such as: Jeopardy: BSU Edition with the Black Student Union, “I Have A Dream” Board with ICA Council, and How Black is Black Enough with the Student Government Association.
To read more about how Western Carolina University honors the late Martin Luther King Jr. during the MLK Jr. Celebration week, click here.