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Alcorn student visits MLK National Memorial in D.C.

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Robert Guyton at the memorial.

“Visiting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was an unforgettable experience even though the dedication ceremony was postponed due to the hurricane treat,” shared Alcorn senior, Detroit native Robert Guyton who was selected by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to attend the dedication ceremony after participating in the fraternity’s Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Service Awards (VSA) coordinated under their College Life to Corporate Life (C2C) Program.

In an essay, Guyton answered the question, “What does the MLK Memorial symbolize to me and why it’s important that I am present and volunteering to help bring the dream to fruition?” His response earned him a direct stipend to cover the cost of registration for the dedication.

Guyton spent this memorable weekend with a group of Alcorn representatives that included President M. Christopher Brown II, several administrators, Student Government Association President and his class presidents, and Miss Alcorn and her class queens. The group participated in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. activities that included a private ceremony that took place at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, a theatrical celebration in the Constitution Hall that reflected on Dr. King’s life, and attended luncheon with Civil Rights activists and prominent members of the fraternity.

“The MLK Memorial symbolizes that Dr. King’s story is still relevant and still being shared. It encourages me to keep dreaming and keep moving forward no matter the obstacle,” shared Guyton.

Guyton is a vocal music education major at Alcorn. He is a member of the Delta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., an active participant of Student Support Services at Alcorn, a member of the Alcorn Concert Choir, Men’s Chorale and Choir Psi Phi.