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Annual MLK Jr. Candlelight Vigil March, Tribute Planned at EIU


The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host its 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil March and Tribute Monday, Jan. 18, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with the march -- punctuated with the singing of inspirational hymns -- beginning from the Thomas Hall lobby (2120 Seventh St.).  Before leaving Thomas Hall, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a prayer and write down their dreams to be placed on a message board. 

The march will end at the Grand Ballroom, located in Eastern’s MLK Jr. University Union. The program there will begin between 5:45 and 6 p.m.

Traditionally, between 100 and 200 students, faculty, family and friends support the vigil and program annually. Many join in the march; however, those who wish may participate in the Grand Ballroom activities only.

The program will include keynote address by Perry Benson of Champaign. A balloon release will occur after the program including a cake decorated with King’s image will be served.

Admission is free and open to the public.