USM holds prayer breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

USM holds prayer breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Around 400 people attended the Mu Gamma Lambda and Mu Xi Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Ecumenical and Multicultural prayer breakfast Monday morning at Southern Miss.

The breakfast honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The event was themed, "The Dream: One Nation, One People" and featured music by local individuals and groups. Dedicated prayers for youth and families, faiths and religions, government and leadership, unity and humanity were given by clergy from the area.

"People have gotten somewhat complacent, but this is just to recharge, energize, I'm ready to go. If I can't fly I would run, if I can't run I will walk, if I can't walk I will crawl, I'm ready to move," Forrest County NAACP President Clarence Magee said.

Community service awards were given out to three recipients: Debby Dean received the Community Impact Award, Jorge and Gladys Gonzales received the Community Service Award and Bobbie-Brown Bullock received the Douglas T. Baker Memorial Award.

"It was a beautiful celebration as it's been in the last nine years, and it's just an excellent way to bring our community together and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King," said Stephanie Hoze, an attendee at the event said.

WDAM General Manager Joe Sciortino was the guest speaker for the event.

The event concluded with both of the fraternity chapters singing the Alpha Hymn in unison.