Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast
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.
Thank You to Previous Sponsors
Check out our 2019 program below
MLK Jr. Breakfast 2019
The URGENCY of Now
We are truly thankful for all the family, friends, and officials who joined with us to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during our 42nd annual breakfast in his honor. We recognize the hardships and difficulties that many are experiencing that makes our personal economies challenged. However during challenging times, Bishop W. Darin Moore reminds us that Dr. King stressed "The Urgency of Now!" means we must work doubly hard to combat injustice, poverty and racism. Furthermore we must not just think about “ME, but also work for the benefit of WE, with an eye and ear toward THEE!” Thank you County Executive Marc Elrich for echoing that sentiment that more work is necessary to advance social change, and that waiting for “comfortable times” is not acceptable.