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Released January 12, 2011

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

Contact: Bobby Clark



Duckett Selected for
local King Citizenship Award
GGL names community activist as
2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner

Greenville, SC - Ms. Mary Duckett, a long-time leader and activist for the Greenville community, has been selected by the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as the winner of the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award.

Ms. Duckett was selected because of her outstanding service as President of the Southernside Neighborhood in Action Association, a community association in the City of Greenville. She has led efforts for the revitalization of the West Washington/ Southernside part of Greenville. Ms. Duckett is a strong supporter of youth and senior citizens of the community, having helped to organize the community annual program & youth projects.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award is presented in Greenville annually by the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at its MLK Scholarship Gala. Since the first award was presented, over twenty-six distinguished men and women have been honored for their outstanding service to the citizens of Greenville. Recipients have provided service in diverse areas including civil rights, government service, education, and youth services.

Prior award recipients include Lottie Gibson, Max Heller, Fred Bostic, Maxium Williams, Thomas Kerns, and Xanthene Norris. There is a completed list of winners available on the Chapter website,

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala will be held Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Younts Center on the Furman University Campus. Tickets for the Gala can be obtained from any member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Call 864-441-9067 or e-mail for more information.

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice – educationally and socially – at Cornell. The founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. Gamma Gamma Lambda is the Greenville Chapter established in 1941.

Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.


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