Sold-Out Crowd Attends MLK Unity Breakfast at VBC

Posted on: 9:03 am, January 20, 2014, by , updated on: 12:13pm, January 20, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday morning, some 1,300 people packed the North Hall of Huntsville’s Von Braun Center for the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast.

At the beginning of the program, a young student read a message she had written to Dr. King.

“I can’t imagine being beaten with hoses or not being allowed to go to the restaurant of my choice and sit wherever I want,” Natalie Fields of Huntsville read.  “For those people who went through the civil rights movement, you are my historical heroes.”

Prior to her essay, the crowd enjoyed a rendition of the National Anthem by saxophone, performed by Alex Banks, a senior at Bob Jones High School.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison Mayor Troy Trulock greeted the crowd.

The guest speaker was Reverend Keith Norman, Pastor of First Baptist Church – Broad of Memphis, Tennessee.  He spoke about the people of the U.S. working together to see Dr. King’s hopes and dreams realized.

The president of the Delta Theta Lambda Education Foundation, David Points, Jr., presented the 2014 Unity Award to Harry Hobbs and Reverend Kerry Joffrion.  Joffrion is the President and CEO of Turning Point Consultants, LLC.  Hobbs is a spokesman for the Huntsville Police Department.

Proceeds from the event go to the Delta Theta Lambda Education Foundation.  The event organizer, Wilton Brown, said the foundation provides $12,000 in scholarships annually to high school seniors pursuing college degrees.  It also provides tutoring and mentoring to 8th grade boys, assisting them in making a smooth transition to high school.

5 comments

  • T.J. Vanderjaggitt says:

    Why not feed the homeless instead of over charging for a breakfast that won’t help anyone except to fill the pockets of the corrupt politicians who funded this charade…

  • SDF says:

    Black politicians get rich off the backs of poor blacks.

  • David Points says:

    See that’s the beautiful thing about America. Everyone has an opinion. Even though some opinions are not investigated, we still have the right to speak whatever comes to our mind. The comments above make America great. Uninformed comments are awesome. As a member of the illustrious Fraternity that put on this breakfast, we look forward to you attending the 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast next year. We would like to rectify your comments so that they are a tad bit more becoming of the impact we make in the community. Thanks for your comments. Hope see you next Year!

  • M. Kelley Seay says:

    “Proceeds from the event go to the Delta Theta Lambda Education Foundation. The event organizer, Wilton Brown, said the foundation provides $12,000 in scholarships annually to high school seniors pursuing college degrees. It also provides tutoring and mentoring to 8th grade boys, assisting them in making a smooth transition to high school.”

    When you take the time to actually read the article in its entirety BEFORE forming an opinion (rather than prejudging…), the purpose & goal of this annual event are quite clear.

    Congratulations to the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on a job well done. Your contributions to this community and your investments in the future of our youth are invaluable and much appreciated.

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