The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast was held Saturday morning at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with nearly 200 community members and city officials attending the program.
The program opened with a welcome from Master of Ceremonies, Rev. T. R. Dunn, Abundant Apostolic Church followed by his stirring solo of America’s National Anthem. Opening prayer was by Rev. Eric Patton of the Calvary Church, Pickens Bridge Rd.
Carver Recreation Center Supervisor Kenneth Greenlee, made an inspirational presentation on the history of the event, recognition of Dr. King’s historical accomplishments and the importance to the community of his sacrifice and passion for peace, love and understanding.
Dr. King’s legacy for young people and young adults was presented by A.J. Martin, Liberty Bell Middle School and ETSU student, Aaron Adams, and members of the Carver Youth Department.
Guest speaker for the event was Anthony Duane Hancock, all-SEC football player from the University of Tennessee and former NFL wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs.
An honorary tribute was also presented to Rev. Lester Lattany, past president and CEO of the United Way of Johnson City, Washington County. Honorary Tributes were made to the Langston Heritage Group 1999 – 2016 for keeping the Langston High School history alive and well for now and in the future.
Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Carver after-school program trip to Washington D.C. and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.