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Trayvon Martin's Father to Keynote Black Excellence Gala

K'Leigh Sims

February 2, 2015

Tracy Martin (Courtesy: David Shankbone)

The Iota Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is hosting its annual event.

Tracy Martin
Courtesy: David Shankbone

With African-American History month upon us, Texas Tech's Iota Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is preparing for its annual Black Excellence Gala at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Lubbock Civic Center. The gala will celebrate African-American lives through poetry, music and live performances.

This year, Tracy Martin, father of the late Trayvon Martin, will be the keynote speaker and will speak on the importance of African-American lives and bring awareness about the African-American population in the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities.

“We are more than excited to bring Tracy Martin to Texas Tech to aid in the efforts of diversity the university is working toward,” said Bobby Akinboro, social chairman of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. “We hope this event brings about a revitalization of humanity of all people, no matter race.”

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and formal attire is required for the event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend the gala. Cost of attendance is $20 for students, $30 for faculty and staff and $40 for the Lubbock community. Tickets can be purchased through Akinboro.

The gala will begin with a dinner, followed by live performances and a scholarship presentation in honor of Raymond J. Martin, a Texas Tech graduate student and Kappa Alpha Psi member who died of liver cancer in 2010.

“The commitment the men of Kappa Alpha Psi have made to emphasize the importance of community service, social welfare and academic scholarship reinforces the university's dedication to student success,” said Harriette Baker, assistant director of Texas Tech's fraternity and sorority life. “It is important for the student leaders at Texas Tech to take the time each year to remind the greater university community of our shared responsibility to uphold the principles and values the organization and institution were founded on.”

The Iota Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, founded in 1979, strives to leave long-lasting impacts through community service, events and social activities.

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