Monday, Jan 18, 2021 11:00a -
History, Virtual & Streaming
The MLK Memorial Breakfast Committee is partnering with Northeastern University to reimagine the breakfast as a virtual event that will include a multifaceted, passion-filled celebratory program, and an extended program of virtual rallies and teach-ins.
This event will appeal beyond Massachusetts to a global audience, who will celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of social justice under this year’s theme, the Arc Toward Justice: Unfinished Business. This theme is supported by three pillars to galvanize attendees to action:
- Socioeconomic justice
- Political action aligned with Dr. King’s vision
- Civic engagement
This year’s Drum Major Awards will be presented to Rosie’s Place, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and Rob “Problak” Gibbs for exemplary community service.
The virtual breakfast will be followed by interactive teach-ins and virtual rallies. The teach-ins are interactive 75-minute lectures and discussions on contemporary social and political issues. The teach-in facilitators are leaders from the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, and the Movement for Black Lives.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast was founded and hosted by St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and Union United Methodist Church. Net proceeds from the MLK Memorial Breakfast support the community programs and services at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and Union United Methodist Church. The event brings together business, civic, community, and religious leaders, as well as advocates from educational and community organizations.
- Joseph E. Aoun: President of Northeastern University
- Kimberly Atkins: Boston Globe senior opinion writer
- Rev. Dr. William Barber: Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign
- Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar: Resident Bishop of New England Conference of the United Methodist Church
- Maura Healey: Massachusetts Attorney General
- Segun Idowu: Executive Director, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts
- Ed Markey: U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
- Dr. J. Keith Motley: President & CEO Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
- Ayanna Pressley: U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district
- Dr. Edward T. Rewolinski: St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Committee Co-Chair
- Rachael Rollins: District Attorney of Suffolk County
- Cleveland Sellers: President Emeritus of Voorhees College and former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
- Elizabeth Warren: U.S. Senator for Massachusetts
- Rev. Dr. Jay Williams: Pastor of the Union United Methodist Church, Committee Co-Chair