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Released Dec. 23, 2013

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Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter
P. O. Box 5244
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Contact: Furman Jackson (864-441-9067) or Kevin Branch


Littlejohn Named 2014 MLK Citizenship Award Winner


Jil LittleJohn
2014 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

Greenville, South Carolina -Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation along with Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has selected Jil Littlejohn as the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner. The award will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala on January 5th at the Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center on the campus of Furman University. The Gala will start at 3 PM and features dinner and entertainment from the local community. In addition to presenting the winner of this year's award, the Gala serves as a kickoff event for MLK Activities in Greenville. Programs are planned from January 5th to February 15th of this year. Here is a link to the schedule of events for this year.

Born and raised in inner-city Atlanta, Georgia, Jil has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Webster University and a Bachelors of Arts in Intercultural Studies for Business from Wofford College (2001) with studies at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Jil is fluent in Spanish and studied Japanese. She served as the Executive Director/CEO for the YWCA of Greenville for nearly four years. She currently serves at the first female President & CEO of the Urban League of the Upstate. She has served as a member of City Council since February 2009. She is the youngest member on council and one of two minorities.

Jil has been recognized by as a Women Making History Honoree, Greenville Magazine Top 50 Influential People, Ebony Magazine Top Young Leader under 30, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Finalist, Greenville Link Magazine's Top 50, and Greenville's Best & Brightest Under 35. Jil has participated in Leadership South Carolina, Diversity Leadership Academy, Leadership Greenville, Leadership Spartanburg, Connections: Women's Leadership Program, and the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. Jil is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and actively involved with numerous nonprofits. She is also the founder of the Talented Tenth Greenville Leadership Conference.

We are proud to include her with more than thirty winners of the MLK Citizenship Awards in the 35 years of the MLK Gala's history. Please join us as we honor Ms. Littlejohn's accomplishments and the great legacy of Dr. King's life and message at this year's Gala. The Gala also raises funds for the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which is given proudly to Greenville High School students annually for four years.


Tickets for the Gala are $40 per person and available by calling the Foundation number, (864) 735-0880, or by emailing Travis Posley at

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