Columbus Convention Center
400 North High Street
Batelle Grand Ballroom
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Breakfast keynote speaker leads us in tribute to, and remembrance of the fallen, global civil rights leader, Dr. King; who inspired nonviolent liberation movements around the world. The Breakfast continues to showcase community oratory tributes from student speakers of the Columbus City Schools and the King scholar, a prestigious designee from Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College.
We endeavor to keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s great dream for America alive!
Donzaleigh Abernathy is the youngest daughter of the American Civil Rights Movement Co-Founder Rev. Dr. Ralph David and Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy. She was born in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement as her father and his best friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. established the nonviolent social movement which changed the course of American History. She and her siblings witnessed and participated in all of the major Civil Rights Movements and marches, including the Freedom Riders, the March On Washington, the Selma to Montgomery March for “The Right to Vote” and the Chicago housing demonstrations. She witnessed the integral decisions that helped shape American laws with the creation of the Civil Rights Bill, the Public Accommodations Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, Affirmative Action, the National Food Stamp Program, the Free Meal Program for Low Income Students and the creation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. In 2004, she authored, Partners To History, Martin Luther King, Ralph David Abernathy and the Civil Rights Movement which was nominated as one of the “Best Books for Young Adults” by the American Library Association. She was a contributing author to the Smithsonian Institute’s book In the Spirit of Martin. Her play Birmingham Sunday is a winner of the Tanne Foundation Award.
We are pleased to announce D’Marre Justin Lamar Craddock as our distinguished speaker. A junior at Morehouse College, majoring in Religion and Philosophy, D’Marre hails from Orange Park, Florida. Under the mentorship of Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., he serves as a Chapel Assistant and is actively involved in the Student Government Association, Honors Program, and previously, the Howard Thurman Honors Program as parliamentarian.
D’Marre's academic focus lies in the Philosophy of Theology, particularly examining the impact of religious teachings on African American communities, with a special interest in theodicy and the misuse of religion. His outstanding academic achievements have led him to participate in programs at Harvard Divinity School and the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he left a significant impression.
Called to ministry at a young age, D’Marre was licensed as a minister at 15 and is deeply committed to serving his community, mentoring youth, and advocating for social justice. His work addresses critical issues like the gender pay gap, black women's rights, the school-to-prison pipeline, and mental health in the African American community. Guided by the words of James Baldwin, D’Marre is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world.
Join us for the 39th Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Moral Compass of Dr. King's Dream Continues to Point Toward Justice, Unity, Peace, and Love
The City of Columbus takes great pride in its observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc. invites the public to the Columbus signature King Holiday event attended by thousands of diverse multicultural individuals. This is the largest event of its kind in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join us at the flagship event on MLK Jr. Day, the national holiday commemorating Dr. King the fallen civil rights leader who transformed the world.
Mark Your Calendar
Monday January 15th, 2024
7:00am - 10:00am
Start your day with an uplifting message of hope, celebration of life, and unity. Join us for food, fellowship, and light as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.