Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s 67th annual Southwest Regional Convention begins Thursday in Baton Rouge and features several public events scheduled through Sunday.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the public is invited to a free event on issues, leadership and social media and how they affect the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream in the present day at the Crowne Plaza hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave.

Baton Rouge businessman and former state Rep. Joe Delpit will be the keynote speaker. A reception will follow this event.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to participate in a free ACT Prep Workshop at the Mentorship Academy, 339 Florida St. Email Jermaine Watson at for more information and an application.

Other public events include the Miss Black and Gold Pageant at 8 p.m. Friday followed by a Step Show contest at 10 p.m. Friday at the hotel. Those events are $15 per person.

On Saturday, a free health fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure and HIV/AIDS and other health information.

Also on Saturday, a City Beautification Service Project is planned at 9 a.m. in the Valley Park subdivision.

On Saturday night, a Black and Gold banquet is scheduled at 8 p.m. at the hotel at a cost of $50 per person. On Sunday, an ecumenical service is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. at the hotel.

The convention will allow delegates from Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma and attendees to gather for networking, professional development and social events. The fraternity’s Baton Rouge area chapters are serving as hosts.

For more information, call Maurice Gipson at (225) 288-2688 or Watson at (225) 354-6600.