Anniston officials on Monday will host the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Youth Participation Day, an event that celebrates the nation’s most iconic civil rights leader.

“It's expected for us to do that program every year, and the community looks forward to it,” said Frazier Burroughs, an event organizer and director of Anniston’s Carver Community Center.

The celebration is presented by the city of Anniston and the Parks and Recreation Department’s Good Choices program.

Burroughs said the Carver center initially hosted the event, but it has grown so much that organizers had to move it to a larger venue. This Monday it will be at the Anniston Meeting Center at 9 a.m.  

“We just appreciate the opportunity to be able to do it, in remembering his life and commemorating his legacy,” he said.

According to Burroughs, organizers each year invite kids from schools, churches and groups throughout the community to come to the event. Many of the children celebrate King’s legacy with musical performances, praise dancing or even recitations from the leader’s most famed speeches.

The guest speaker for the event will be BriOnna Williams, a 2011 Anniston High School graduate who went through the Good Choices program. According to Burroughs, Williams works for Lockheed Martin in Texas.

Organizers of the event also will present an award to the group with the most participation. For more information, contact Burroughs at 256-231-7630.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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