Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Celebration Luncheon

The Scholarship Luncheon (formerly Gala) is the oldest celebration of MLK Day in Greenville, SC; with the first event being held in 1977. It has been co-sponsored by Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Furman University since 2008.

This event serves four purposes for the Upstate Community.

  • First, it serves as a collaborative event for the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter and Furman University’s joint celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. Realizing that many MLK activities take place in our community, Gamma Gamma Lambda has been instrumental in charting the course for many of these celebrations and observances. Traditionally, the Luncheon has been the lead event for the upstate community's MLK celebration.

  • Second, this is the primary fundraising effort for the Luke H. Chatman Scholarship, which is awarded to Greenville County High School Students in April of each year. We are currently supporting several students.

  • Third, the Gala serves as an opportunity to educate local youth about Dr. King’s Legacy and various programs that promote positive examples for youth to emulate. As a part of this effort, the Luncheon features in various presentations and information about Dr. King’s message and programs, which are ideal examples of his description of the “Beloved Community”.

  • Finally, the Luncheon is where we announce the latest award of the Martin Luther King Citizenship Award for the Upstate of South Carolina.

The Luncheon (formerly Gala) is the oldest celebration of MLK Day in Greenville, SC; with the first event being held in 1977.

During the Scholarship, we recognize our many sponsors and presenters. Please patronize our sponsors.

  • Ticket & Solictation Information

Tickets and Sponsorships are available at

Ads are due by January 1, 2023

Submitting Ads or Sponsorship for the Foundation

Our Deadline for Celebration Ads & Sponsorship options for the MLK Scholarship Celebration is January 1st. Our Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 12 PM (doors open at 11:45 AM).

Please view our solicitation option here and you can submit an Ad or Sponsorship request here. The deadline for solicitations is January 1, 2023

  • Martin Luther King Citizenship Award

2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award Winner

Mr. George W. Singleton

Upcoming Event:

January 7, 2023, 12 PM

Limited In-person & Virtual Event

The doors will open at 11:30 AM

Ticket Information is available at

Available from any GGL Brother, call (864) 735-0880 or by emailing

Event Chairmen:

Allen Cook

(864) 735-0880

Bobby Clark

(864) 414-7629

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