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Released Dec. 23, 2014 updated Dec. 30, 2014

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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: Travis Posley, Bobby Clark
Telephone: (864) 441-9067

Gamma Gamma Lambda announces
2015 MLK Citizenship Award for Annual Scholarship Gala
Cleveland A. Christophe has served as a great role model to Upstate Entrepreneurs

Greenville, South Carolina - Gamma Gamma Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation have announced their 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winner, Cleveland A. Christophe of Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Christophe will receive the award at the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Gala on January 11th at 3 PM.

Both Gamma Gamma Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation have a very successful partnership with Furman University since 2008, and together they are again sponsoring several events on Furman's campus starting with the Scholarship Gala on January 11th and continuing to the Joseph Vaughan Oratorical Competition on February 21st. "We are proud to again host these events in Greenville with Furman", says Keith Barksdale, Chairman of Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization formed in 2012. "The Greenville Community has tremendous needs, and we hope to continue our efforts to reach youth and offer them options to build their skills, character, and careers in the community."


Cleveland A. Christophe has been selected as
the 2015 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

As an accomplished leader and entrepreneur of more than 40 years, this year's winner, Cleveland A. Christophe, has been a great example for our youth. In 2006, he was selected as a National BusinessMaker by HistoryMakers, a national program that records successful African American stories.

Since moving to Greenville in 2008, Mr. Christophe has wasted no time in creating a tremendous involvement with Minority Economic Recruitment in Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. Mr. Christophe has served on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and Greenville Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee, which led to the establishment of Greenville's Diversity and Inclusion initiative. That initiative has inspired many to pursue economic empowerment through the creation of their own businesses.

His efforts have extended beyond the Upstate Community to the Medical University of South Carolina through a sponsored program for minority high school students interested in entrepreneurship and technology. Mr. Christophe currently serves on the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board of Directors. He has served as a mentor to many local minority business individuals, entrepreneurs and students.

Presently, Mr. Christophe is a member of Thornblade Club Board of Governors and Builders First Source, Inc., Board of Directors and serves on Greenville’s Peace Center Board of Trustees. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1967, a BS from Howard University in 1966, and has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1975. He is married to Cheryl S. Christophe and they have two children, Jean-Paul and Kimberly.

The Scholarship Gala serves as both a "kickoff event" to the Upstate Community's Martin Luther King Celebrations but also primarily as a Community Celebration of our shared goal to "Build the Beloved Community" in the Upstate. The Gala will celebrate our past foundation youth winners and announce the upcoming events in January and February of 2015.

"The Beloved Community" is a concept popularized from Dr. King's 1957 Nobel Peace prize speech as the aftermath of the nonviolent struggle. The Foundation solicits funds through the Gala to support several different programs in the Greenville area including the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which supports four local students at various universities across the state.

The following is a list of events sponsored by the Alpha Greenville Foundation and Furman University.

January 2015

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala
    Sunday, January 11, 2015 | 3:00 PM | Melvin and Dottie Younts Conference Center, Furman Unverisity
    Tickets are $40 per person include a Dinner, Live Band, & Intro of 2015 MLK Citizenship Award winner.

General Admission Tickets are available at after Dec. 21, 2014.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
    Monday, January 19, 2015 | 8 AM to 11 AM | TD Convention Center
    Presented by Upcountry History Museum- Furman University with Furman's Heller Service Corps

  • Day of Service Blood Drive
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 10 AM to 4 PM | Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
    Presented by Upcountry History Museum- Furman University with Furman's Heller Service Corps

February 2015

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Program & Rudolph Gordon College Fair
    Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 9 AM to 1 PM| Trone Center, Furman University
    Open to the public, MLK Youth Program winners honored,
    College Students will speak to winners on their first of year of college; Finanical Aid Seminar for Parents.
  • Joseph Vaughn Oratorial Competition
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 10 AM to 2 PM | Trone Center, Furman University
    Open to the public, MLK Youth Orators will speech on "Dr. Kings Beloved Community and how I can contribute (to his Dream, to the movement, to the world)"

Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, established in 2012 as a public 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, our mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Sometimes referred to as the Alpha Greenville Foundation, 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 is the Greenville, SC Chapter established in 1941. The Chapter was chartered as the third Alumni chapter in the District of South Carolina under the Fraternal administration of Brother Ray W. Logan, 16th General President and Brother Jos. H.B. Evans, General Secretary. For more than seventy years, and under the Umbrella of the National Organization, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter has set as its objective to carry out the mandates of "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind".

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., (ΑΦΑ) the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. 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.


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