USM fraternity hosts annual MLK prayer breakfast at Thad Cochran Center

USM fraternity hosts annual MLK prayer breakfast at Thad Cochran Center

This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The Mu Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host its 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 18 in the Thad Cochran Center ballrooms on the University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus.

Joe Sciortino, general manager of WDAM-TV, will be the guest speaker. Breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m., and the program will start at 7:30 a.m. With the support of local businesses, non-profit agencies, churches and individuals, the event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Eddie Holloway, dean of students at Southern Miss and one of the organizers of the event, said the purpose of the breakfast is to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement icon and that of the late Douglass Baker of Hattiesburg, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha who established the event.

"They (King and Baker) mirrored each other in purpose, passion and pride for equality for all races, not just for those who shared the same color," Holloway said. "Both men were heroes and truly believed in the brotherhood of all mankind."

For more information about the prayer breakfast, contact Dr. Holloway at 601.266.6028 or e-mail eddie.holloway@usm.edu.