Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity walk through the streets of Chicago in March. | Andre Jamar/Andre Jamar Photography
Friday, June 9, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
In November 2015, nearly 300 men walked through snow and rain in Chicago to send a message that they wouldn’t take the violence plaguing the city sitting down.
Most of the men were members of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest black intercollegiate Greek fraternity in the country.
“We wanted to show that the community was not giving up,” said Illinois state Rep. Elgie Sims during the march.
“We wanted the business owners to know that we stood with them and we were going to be there making a statement, standing with them, to encourage patrons to patronize those businesses, to encourage people to feel comfortable and safe in their community,” he said.
And in March of this year, the Alpha men marched again through Chicago again in order “to champion our communities and continue to advocate for the worth, wealth, and resources that are available within,” according to a statement by the fraternity.
Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity during an anti-violence walk in Chicago in March. | Andre Jamar/Andre Jamar Photography
On Saturday, June 24, the Alphas will take to the streets of Maywood for the same reasons they’ve been marching in Chicago. State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (7th), who is a member of the fraternity, is hosting the event.
The walk will start at 10 a.m., on the corner of 22nd Ave and St. Charles Rd., and finish at 500 Oak St. (behind the police station). Both locations are in Maywood.
“This year Maywood has seen an increase of violence,” said Welch. “This march will send a message to those who commit violent acts that our community will stand up to them to ensure the safety of our friends and neighbors. Join me, other elected officials, community leaders and concerned citizens to show our desire for a violence free community.”
For more information on this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. VFP