Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County has announced that Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe will be the keynote speaker for Asheville’s 32nd annual Prayer Breakfast at the Grove Park Inn on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.; doors open for early serving at 7:45 a.m. Tickets to the breakfast cost $25 for adults ($30 as of January 1, 2013); $15 for children 12 and under; and $35 for patrons.

Additional events during the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday observance include the Youth Celebration, Peace March and Rally, and Candlelight Service. The Youth celebration begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at Lipinsky Auditorium on the campus of UNC Asheville.

The Peace March and Rally begin at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 21 – the official King holiday – with a brief service at St. James AME Church on Hildebrand Street at Martin Luther King Boulevard downtown. Participants march to City-County Plaza at noon, where speakers and musicians join in a Rally for Justice.

Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe

That evening at 6 p.m., nominees and winners of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for 2013 are announced and recognized at a service at Nazareth First Baptist Church, 141 Pine Street at the corner of MLK Boulevard. All events except the Prayer Breakfast are free to the public.

Dr. Bledsoe is founder and Executive Director of the Student African American Brotherhood, a national organization that works on behalf of African American and Latino males in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities. The former VP for Student Life and Special Assistant to the President at the University of Toledo, he has served at a guest lecturer at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute. In 2011 former president Bill Clinton invited him to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative.

Dr. Bledsoe received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Mississippi State University and a PhD in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia. He is a contributor to the book African American Men in College.

Tickets can be ordered by telephone at (828) 335-6896 or (828) 301-8968, or by email to editor@myowneditor.com, or online at www.mlkasheville.org. Tickets are also available at the Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center, 3400 Sweeten Creek Road, Suite C; Quality Janitorial, 1276 Hendersonville Road; the Multicultural Student Programs office, 114 Highsmith Union, UNC Asheville; and at Grateful Steps Bookstore, 159 South Lexington Avenue. There will be a parking fee at the Grove Park Inn; check www.mlkasheville.org for information on shuttle service.

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