Legacy of the 54th Social Justice and the Shaw Memorial

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While holding their conference in Boston in August, 1963, Alpha Phi Alpha members marched to the Memorial in support of the local NAACP’s efforts against de facto segregation in Boston public schools. Alpha Phi Alpha formed as the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men. At the Memorial, they also commemorated the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Newspaper Article. Boston Herald, August 21, 1963.

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