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Citadel News Service
15 Sep 2011

African American Society trip to D.C. back on

Members of The Citadel’s African-American Society will travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The trip was re-scheduled from August when Hurricane Irene threatened the East Coast.

The cadets leave Friday for Washington. Once there they will meet with Citadel alumni in the area and will visit the National Mall before returning Sunday.

“So many times growing up we’d hear about the civil right movement and the men and women involved,” said Cadet Austin Gray of Charleston, S.C., vice president of the African-American Society. “This is an opportunity for us to pay homage to them and for us to be ambassadors of The Citadel in Washington, D.C.”

Society President Cadet Michael Bailey of Goose Creek, S.C., attended the last Million Man March with his father and is excited to be going back to Washington, D.C.

“I think the members that are going will really benefit from just being around the people and the atmosphere that Washington D.C., is going to have,” Bailey said.

Other cadets expected to make the trip are Charles Stephens and Anthony McCollum of Columbia, S.C, Krystal Brown of Hardeeville, S.C., and Angel Johnson and Paris Scott of Hanahan, S.C.

The cadet-run African-American Society was founded at The Citadel in 1971 with an emphasis on leadership, character development and community service.

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