CHILDERSBURG -- The Phyllis Wheatley Alumni Association will host its first Unity Breakfast Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and the 153rd Annual Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16.
The breakfast will be in the cafetorium of the former Phyllis Wheatley High School campus on Martin Luther King Drive in Childersburg.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Bobby L. Palmore Sr., pastor of First Baptist Church of Roosevelt City in Birmingham. He is also former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Sylacauga, and founder and former pastor of Greater New Hope Baptist Church of Sylacauga.
The honorable Dr. Bobby Harris, senior pastor, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Sylacauga, former elected public official, former educator and civil rights activist, will receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major leadership award.
Harris has several degrees from Selma University, a bachelor of science degree from Alabama State University, a master of science degree in educational administration from Samford University, an educational specialist degree from the University of Montevallo and an honorary doctorate from the Rushing Springs School of Theology.
He was a teacher at Shelby County High, an assistant principal at Thompson High and the first black principal of a Shelby County High since integration by Federal Judge U.W. Clemon in 1996. He retired from the school system in 2000 after 26 years.
Harris is a Vietnam veteran, and he served as a councilman on the Alabaster City Council for 12 years. He has been involved in many civil rights activities, including being one of the lead plaintiffs before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue for the extension of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 on June 25, 2013.
Harris and his wife, Brenda McKinney Harris, have three sons, who are ministers, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The event will feature actual footage of key civil rights moments, including Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the march on Washington, D.C., in 1963.
Donation for the breakfast is $15.