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Released Jan. 3, 2017

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

Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation
P.O. Box 5263
Greenville, SC 29606-9998
(864) 735-0880

Contact: Allen Cook &  Furman Jackson,
Telephone: (864) 441-9067

AGF selects Baxter as 2017 MLK Citizenship Award Winner
Mrs. Peggy B. Baxter was named this year's award winner


Mrs. Peggy B. Baxter
2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award Winner

Greenville, South Carolina - Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation along with Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has selected Peggy B. Baxter as the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner. The award will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala on January 29th 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 lead event for MLK Activities in Greenville and at Furman University. Programs are planned from January 13th to February 18th of this year. Here is list of events for this year.

Mrs. Baxter retired from Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA and relocated to her native Greenville, South Carolina in 2003. At the time of her retirement, she was Senior Administrator for the Community Health and Governmental and Affairs at the hospital, and her tenure covered a span of 23 years. Mrs. Baxter has lived a "lifetime for work" for children and their health needs both in California and locally in Greenville.

She began as a Director of Clinical Social Work and after four years moved into various administrator roles and functions an executive staff for most of the service areas throughout the pediatric medical, teaching and research center. Prior to joining Children Hospital Peggy worked in Community Mental Health in various roles from Psychiatric Social Worker to Director of a Community Mental Health Clinic for children and families. For several years, she served an adjunct instructor at a Community College where she taught Human Growth and Development and Urban Sociology. For more than 35 years while in California, she served on numerous Not-For-Profit Boards of Directors and statewide public policy commisions.

Mrs. Baxter is a founding Director for the Black Woman Organization for Political Action, and Director Safe Passage. She serves her local community as a member of the Sterling Land Trust Board of Directors, and Greevnille's Habit for Humanity's Board of Directors. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and serves on the Board of Director for South Carolina Cancer Alliance, New Horizon Family Health Center and the Pidemont Heath Foundation.

She is married to Charles Baxter and they reside in Greenville South Carolina. She is a Deacon at Long Branch Baptist Church of Greenville, SC.  

We are proud to include her with more than thirty winners of the MLK Citizenship Awards in the 38 years of the MLK Gala's history. Please join us as we honor Mrs. Baxter'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.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered on August 24, 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina under the Umbrella of the National Organization and the first African-American Greek-Letter Alumni Chapter in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Established in 2012 as a public 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation's mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina, and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina.

Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on August 24, 1941. The Chapter was chartered as third Alumni chapter in SC under the Fraternal administration of Bro. Ray W. Logan, 16th General President and Bro. Jos. H.B. Evans, General Secretary. For more than seventy years, and under the Umbrella of the National Organization, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter set as her objective to carry out the mandates of "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind".

First of All, Servants of All, We shall Transcend All