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Since its start three years ago, the annual celebration breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been one of the key community events on the calendar. On Monday morning, more than 350 people packed HS Lordships overlooking the bay to break bread with fellow Berkeleyans, to honor Berkeley students and to reflect on King’s legacy at a time of heightened awareness of racial disparities and injustice.
“If we ever need the legacy of Martin Luther King, we need it today,” said Michael McBride, pastor of The Way Christian Center. In a powerful talk which ranged from Ferguson, Mo. to Berkeley protests, McBride said, “We will wrestle with the question, ‘Which side are you on?'” … Continue reading »
The fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast takes place on Monday, Jan. 19, 8-10 a.m., at Hs Lordships, on the Berkeley Marina.
The breakfast, which opens Berkeley’s celebrations of MLK Jr. Day, brings together a diverse and friendly crowd to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and to honor the next generation of young leaders. The food isn’t half bad either.
The breakfast will be emceed by Berkeley schools superintendent Donald Evans and Pastor Anthony Hughes from St. Paul AME Church. Members of the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble will perform, as will a youth choir from a number of Berkeley churches.
The lifetime achievement award will be presented this year to Berkeley native Thelette Bennett, a long-time Berkeley High administrator. Bennett became student activities director at BHS in 1974… and stayed for 18 years. She went on to become vice principal at Willard Middle School, Longfellow Middle School and BHS.
It’s one of the highlights on the Berkeley calendar: the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, and this year it takes place on Monday Jan. 20, 8-10 a.m., at Hs Lordships, on the Berkeley Marina.
The breakfast, which happens on MLK Jr. Day, is in its third year in Berkeley, and always brings together a diverse and friendly crowd to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and to honor the next generation of young leaders. The food isn’t half bad either.
This year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Leslie White who was one of the founders of the Berkeley breakfast
Rev. White, formerly of the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Berkeley police chief Michael Meehan happened to arrive in the city at about the same time a few years ago. Both agreed that there was a need for a specific event to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
As White said last year: “We wanted a celebration of Dr. King that would be comprehensive, diverse, and touch on the whole community.” … Continue reading »
The center of Berkeley’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday will be the awards breakfast, now in its second year, but there is a host of other activities focused on the National Day of Service. The Day of Service was started by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for his first inauguration, four years ago. This year, the official day is on Saturday, but many events are being held on Monday as well, which is both a national holiday and the date of Obama’s second inauguration.
Here are some of the main Berkeley Day of Service opportunities. Most of the links lead to signup pages for specific events. If you know of others, please let tell us in the comments below. … Continue reading »
When Reverend Leslie White came to Berkeley at the end of 2009 to lead the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, he did the natural thing for a newly arrived community leader: he spoke to colleagues, officials, neighbors to get a sense of “Berkeley culture, celebrations, whatever. I wanted to know what was going on ecumenically,” he said.
Although White found plenty of landmarks in the Berkeley calendar, he was surprised that there was nothing specifically to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He found common cause with another new arrival at the time — Berkeley police chief Michael Meehan — and the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Breakfast was born. The inaugural breakfast was held last year, and this year’s celebration will be at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the DoubleTree Hotel at Berkeley Marina. … Continue reading »