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WASHINGTON, DC – The nation’s largest and oldest grassroots service association for Greek Americans and Philhellenes, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), represented by Supreme President Phillip T. Frangos, will participate at events this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march, and Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America, who stood side-by-side with Dr. King, participated.
“We are proud to participate at events to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this historic moment in the Civil Rights Movement in America in solidarity with the African American community,” Supreme President Frangos said. “We are participating in honor of those who bravely marched fifty years ago, including Dr. King, Archbishop Iakovos, a proud AHEPA member; and all civil rights leaders. AHEPA remains committed to the principles and rights that these bold Americans fought to uphold and secure.”
AHEPA was founded in Atlanta, Ga., in 1922 to confront bigotry, discrimination, and racism felt largely at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, and over its history, AHEPA has joined with the NAACP and B’nai B’rith International to do so. Furthermore, AHEPA’s role in fostering Greek and African American unity has been acknowledged by the state of Maryland in a proclamation issued in 2013.
READ: About AHEPA’s Founding in the Congressional Record (Submitted by former Sen. Paul Sarbanes)
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