MLK Breakfast unites community

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, presented by the students of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, unified citizens across the community on Monday.

Dr. Eddie Holloway, the Dean of Students for Southern Miss, said he wanted the unification to extend far beyond the doors of where the event took place.

"It's so nice to have so many people out," said Holloway.  "We have people of various faiths, various religions, different races, come together all as one to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King."

In 1963, the Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd of 250,000 after a day of marching.  His speech came after growing backlash against african americans in the South.  King and others planned the peaceful demonstration to promote equal rights.

Holloway encouraged young men in the community to carry out what King hoped for.

"Through Alpha Phi Alpha, we have Alpha Academy where we go to the high schools and work with them on developing leadership skills," said Holloway.

Holloway said the academy motivates men to become significant in understanding the importance of getting a college education and becoming actively involved in the community.

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