ASU honors Dr. King's dedication

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thousands witnessed the dedication of the King Memorial in D.C. Sunday. In Montgomery, Alabama State University is still ringing the praises of this historic moment. A special ceremony was held there today honoring Dr. King.

"There is a new chapter now in the 21st century," Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 23rd General President Milton Davis said.

The 23rd general president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Milton Davis served as guest speaker for ASU's program honoring Dr.. King's dedication.

"It says that we are a part of the fabric of the nation now," Davis said.

Davis says before Dr. King become the man who changed the world, he was an Alpha. The fraternity paved the way for building the monument.

"It was our memorial. We turned it over to the United States government on Sunday when the president of the United States received it officially on behalf of the people of the United States," Davis said.

Other guests and faculty discussed the significance of the monument and ASU's role in the civil rights movement.

"Many of our faculty members worked hand and hand with Dr. King and one of our graduates Dr. Ralph Aberthany was right alongside Dr. King as they changed the world," National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture Director Janice Franklin said.

Davis says if Dr. King were still alive today, he would humbly accept this memorial.

"I think he would accept this award in the same spirit he accepted the Nobel peace prize. He said it was not for me but for those who have sacrificed to move justice and equality forward," Davis said.

Hoping one day Dr. King's dream is fulfilled.

ASU's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture sponsored this event. The theme was "A Monument to a King: A Stone of Hope from a Mountain of Despair. "

Officials say the MLK National Memorial Project Foundation raised $120 million dollars in donations to build the monument.

King is the only non-president and the first African American on the National Mall.

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