The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Friday, January 18 at 7:30 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event honors the life and legacy of service of Dr. King.
“Words cannot fully describe the impression that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has had on people in Jacksonville, across the United States and throughout the world. It makes me proud not only as a city leader but as an acquaintance of the King family to carry on Jacksonville’s tradition of highlighting Dr. King’s teachings for the benefit of future generations,” said Mayor Brown. “There is profound eloquence in the idea that ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ My goal is for us all to reflect on our own actions and voices to ensure that this is a ‘day on,’ not a day off, and that together we may build even sturdier bridges to support understanding, opportunity and equality.”
To commemorate the 84th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth, the City of Jacksonville will welcome U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young as the keynote speaker. Ambassador Young confronted segregation with Dr. King and has been a consistent voice for civil and human rights throughout his life as a public servant.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged and warned us of the choice of: “chaos or community,” said Ambassador Young. “It is true today as it was 45 years ago, but chaos in the 21st Century is also an opportunity because it grows out of technological change and globalization requiring us to broaden our horizons and deepen our commitment. If we believe we are to manage the interest of all of God’s children whether we like it or not; America will be the nation that will manage this change.”
In addition, youth from local schools and organizations will be honored as Tomorrow’s Leaders. Tomorrow's Leaders are young people who exemplify the ideals and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and excel in community volunteerism, leadership and civic responsibility.
The doors to the breakfast will open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Individual tickets are $25 and available for purchase online. Corporate opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.MakeASceneDowntown.com or call (904) 630-3690.