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History of Greensboro's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Greensboro's first Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast was conducted on January 19, 1987. The City's Human Relations Commission established the breakfast to:

  • Commemorate the life and works of Dr. King
  • Provide an opportunity for the public to reflect on the status of human relations in Greensboro
  • Inspire community members to affirm the principles of equal opportunity and treatment for all.

That breakfast was held in the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, pastored by the Rev. Frank Dew. Approximately 75 people attended.

The popularity of the memorial breakfast grew rapidly. The second year, the location changed to Greensboro Coliseum's Blue Room to accommodate the larger audience. By 1992, attendance had grown to more than 300 and the location was moved to the Holiday Inn Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center, where it remains today. Over the past several years, attendance has ranged between 700 to more than 900 people.

Highlights of the breakfasts always involve:

  • Spiritual musical selections by high school student choirs and sometimes special recording artists
  • Exhortations by guest speakers to walk in Dr. King's footsteps and stand up for justice
  • Passion and inspiration aroused by fellowship of a diverse audience.

Kweisi Mfume, Dr. Alma Adams, Melvin "Skip" Alston, Carolyn Q. Coleman, Albert Lineberry, Harvey Gantt and former NC Supreme Court Justice Henry Frye are a few of the past speakers.

For more information about this event, contact Marion Davis at 336-373-2038.