Breakfast begets unity, peaceThe 2013 commemorative breakfast honoring the life and works of Martin Luther King, Jr., takes place 7-9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the fellowship hall of St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St., and carries an education-related title and theme, “Education, the Fierce Urgency of Now.”
The 2013 commemorative breakfast honoring the life and works of Martin Luther King, Jr., takes place 7-9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the fellowship hall of St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St., and carries an education-related title and theme, “Education, the Fierce Urgency of Now.”
Breakfast organizers invite any and all potential attendees to join them for a morning that features hot food, local gospel singers, themed poetry and essays, and a keynote address by Marian Wright Edelman.
She is a children’s rights activist who founded and leads the Children’s Defense Fund. Edelman has also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom and an Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. Her speech will be broadcast from the convention-sized ‘main breakfast’ in Minneapolis. River Falls is one of a handful of events held at the same time and on the same date as the bigger one.
General Mills and the United Negro College Fund provide sponsorship for the breakfast(s), and local organizers solicit sponsors and donations. Proceeds collected at the local MLK breakfast go to a different non-profit organization each year.
Money from the 2013 breakfast will be given to the River Falls Community Food Pantry and the Kinnickinnic Backpack Program. RFCPF is the local food shelf, and the backpack program -- managed by the emergency shelter Our Neighbors’ Place -- provides packable food for the weekends to school-age children who do not have enough at home.
Groups of local kids and adults volunteer to work the breakfast, doing everything from making food and cleaning up afterward to coordinating publicity and creating artwork. Local people from many different venues and backgrounds form the River Falls Community Gospel Choir, which will perform that morning.
Several young people submitted poetry and/or essays they will read aloud, and organizers also recognize local youth demonstrating extraordinary community service, presenting one with an award.
All are welcome to the breakfast, but seating is limited. Tickets are available for $5 apiece through Jan. 19, on a first-come first-served basis at several locations:
- Dish and Spoon Café, 208 N. Main St.
- Fox Den Used Books, 120 S. Main St.
- Whole Earth Grocery, 126 S. Main St.
People may also call breakfast organizer Kathy Scott at 715-426-3510 to hold tickets at the door.
Get more information about the breakfast at St. Bridget’s website -- www.saintbridgets.org.
People can also learn more about the ‘main breakfast’ at its website: www.mlkbreakfast.com.