October 23, 2014  

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Southern Miss Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Day of Service

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Takara Calagan, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Southern Miss, helps clean windows at the Edwards Street Food Pantry as part of Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service activities. (University Communications photo by Jazmyne Butler)

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Southern Mississippi honored an annual commemoration of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with service to the Hattiesburg community on Monday, Jan. 21. 

Following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Interracial and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Southern Miss students set out on the MLK Day of Service. The student-led project provided assistance to community organizations, including Edwards Street Food Pantry and Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Students were tasked with serving and delivering food and cleaning the interior and exterior of the facilities.

“It is important to continue this event because it builds a positive image of NPHC at Southern Miss and unifies our organizations,” said NPHC Philanthropy Chair Candace Pickett, who organized the event. “Each of our organizations value community service and host service projects individually and collectively throughout the year, but it is very important for us to collaborate on this special holiday.” Pickett is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

The organizations that comprise the Southern Miss National Pan-Hellenic Council include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

Find more information about The National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Southern Mississippi at http://www.usm.edu/greek-life/n-p-h-c.