“Healing Together” is the theme of the 8th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, a virtual event to be held Monday, January 18 – the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – beginning at 8 a.m.

Event co-chair Tavian Banks, associate executive director of the John R. Grubb Community YMCA, says the purpose of the annual event is to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of service and promote his message of peace, justice and opportunity. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be held as a Zoom webinar.

There is no charge to view the webinar; free will donations from attendees will be used to support the summer learning loss prevention programs sponsored by the Grubb Y. 

 NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter will present the event’s keynote address, “Peace, Justice, Righteousness and the Less Fortunate.” Program emcee Jodi Long will moderate a discussion on community activism and healing featuring panelists Justyn Lewis, Kameron Middlebrooks and Courageous Fire. Musical entertainment will be provided by Bridges 2 Harmony Gospel Choir from Roosevelt High School. The webinar will conclude with the presentation of the 2021 Make A Difference awards to the following individuals:

  • Legacy Award – Odell McGhee, senior associate district court judge
  • Make a Difference Award (Adult) – Kameron Middlebrooks, former Midwestern Regional Director, NAACP
  • Make A Difference Award (Youth) – Lyric Sellers, East High School

The 8th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast is made possible through the generous support of sponsors ARAG Legal Insurance, Nationwide, Bankers Trust and Athene. Register for the free webinar at www.dmymca.org/mlkprayerbreakfast


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