The 15th Annual NC MLK-Black History Month Parade is Feb. 4, 2017 @ 12 noon (Fayetteville St). The Divine Nine will serve as Grand Marshals. The theme is "Remaining Awake Through the Great Revolution" highlighting that although these 9 sororities and fraternities all differ in their founding principles in one way or another, they all come together as an unified body to create social change and leave the world a better place.
On March 31, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a sermon "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC which he states, "And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, the new sitiuation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution. John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: "No man in an island of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." And he goes on to say, "We must see this, believe this, and live by it is we are to remain awake through a great revolution."
Dr. King continues, "Secondly, we are challenged to eradicate the last vestiges of racial injustice from our nation. I must say this morning that injustice is still the black man's (woman's) burden and the white man's shame. ...and I see nothing more urgent that for America to work passionately and unrelentingly - to get rid of the disease of racism."
Founded on the similar principles of service, social change and the betterment of black men and women, many of our celebrated leaders within the black community are members of Divine Nine organizations.
Join us as we celebrate the works and impact that each of these organizations and Dr. King have had and continue to have in communities of color all over the world as The Divine Nine is 'remaining awake through the great revolution."