Anniston officials on Monday will host the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Youth Participation Day, a day when local students and local leaders celebrate the life of the most iconic leader of the civil rights movement.
“It's well-attended and the kids as well as the members of the community, they look forward to it,” said Frazier Burroughs, 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.
The Carver center initially hosted the event, but it grew so large that organizers had to move it to a larger venue. This year it will be held at the Anniston City Meeting Center at 9 a.m.
Organizers invite kids from schools, churches and groups throughout the community to the event. Many of the children will dance, perform songs or even recite some of leader’s most famed speeches.
Kwesi R. Kamau, lead pastor of Impact Church in Dallas, Texas, is the guest speaker for the breakfast. Parks and Recreation Director Steven Folks said Kamau, who was pastor at Murray Chapel CME Church in Anniston in the late ’90s, worked hard to be a mentor to young people in the area.