The mission of the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. is to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the great dreamer of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation and to promote social welfare by honoring Dr. King, an individual whose memory encourages interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing and the continued elimination of prejudice and discrimination
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recognition of the life and everlasting legacy of Dr. King, the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. for more than two decades have been taking up the challenge of honoring Dr. King on the third Monday of January since 1986 by sponsoring a city-wide breakfast, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast, held on the national Martin Luther King holiday commemorating the fallen civil rights leader.
The Breakfast is a powerful tribute to Dr. King's philosophy and stature. Every year, thousands of guests break bread and sit symbolically at “the Table of Brotherhood” to reflect upon values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service he taught us through his example. This Columbus flagship event is attended by
Ecumenical and Interfaith organization leaders and persons from their membership
Political leaders and their constituencies, i.e. Governor, Mayor, etc.
Corporate leaders, staff and employees
Elementary, secondary and higher education staff and students
Civil and social organization leaders and members
Labor unions and membership
Citizens of the community – the elderly, the homeless and clients from
various helping hand organizations. And many other citizens of Columbus
and surrounding areas.
We endeavor to keep Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great dream for America alive.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.”
--Excerpt from Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” Speech