The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County will host its 30th annual Prayer Breakfast honoring the assassinated civil rights leader on what would have been Dr. King’s 82nd birthday. The breakfast will be the highlight of a series of events events from Thursday, January 13 through Monday, January 17.
The Youth Celebration, originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, was cancelled due to weather. The Prayer Breakfast, to be held at the Grove Park Inn on Saturday, January 15, is among the largest public celebrations in western North Carolina, attracting more than 1,000 citizens and distinguished guests to the historic inn each January.
The keynote speaker for the 2011 breakfast will be renowned political activist, educator, and writer Donna Brazile.
A native of New Orleans, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at
Georgetown University and author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with
Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics. She is also a
syndicated columnist for Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine, a
columnist for and an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, and Vice Chair
of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National
Doors open for the breakfast at 8:10 a.m. with pre-show music.
The Martin Luther King Celebration Choir is directed by Alaysia Hachett
and DaTrian S. Johnson. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for youth
under 18; a limited number may be available at the door. Tickets and
additional information are available by phone at (828) 335-6896 or email
at [email protected]
The King holiday celebration events are cosponsored by the City
of Asheville, Buncombe County, and many area businesses, organizations,
and faith communities. For more details on the weekend events, contact
Oralene Simmons, chairperson, at (828) 281-1624, or the MLK Association
office at (828) 335-6896.