Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast
GENERAL PRESIDENT ADDRESS
DR. WILLIS L. LONZER, III
History of the MLK Jr. Breakfast
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast has been an annual event since 1977. This signature fundraising event honors the life and legacy of Dr. King; while raising funds for the Paul Robeson Scholarships given each year by our chapter. Our chapter partners with the Alpha Scholarship Endowment Fund (“ASEF”) to present the MLK Breakfast. ASEF is the 501(c)(3) arm of our chapter and was created in 2002 to enable our chapter to fund its educational community outreach activities and programs.
Our MLK Breakfast is held in January on the Monday set aside as a federal holiday to honor our Alpha brother, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presently, our MLK Breakfast is held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center located in Rockville, Maryland. Each year, over 900 people attend the MLK Breakfast, including a who’s who of Maryland elected officials and other VIPs.
Past MLK Breakfast speakers include: U.S. Representative John Lewis, then U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (now a U.S. Senator), former Maryland Lt. Governors Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Anthony Brown, National Urban League President Bro. Mark Morial, former County Executive for Montgomery County, MD Bro. Isiah “Ike” Leggett, and Bro. Bishop W. Darin Moore, Chair of the National Council of Churches Chairman and a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.