King Unity Breakfast to Embrace Caravan Honoring Civil Rights Legends

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 7:01 pm CST

From the West Alabama Newsroom –

Martin and Coretta King’s annual breakfast in Selma – a special feature this year – will honor four notable civil rights activists.

It was announced last week that this year the Unity Breakfast will be a drive-in event.

It takes place in the parking lot of Wallace Community College Selma – instead of the gym where it normally takes place.

Two large LED screens – and a small FM radio signal – allow people to see and hear the event from the safety of their car.

“I think it is very important this year that the committee decided that we still need to have this breakfast regardless of the pandemic and all the things that are going on,” said WCC president Dr. James Mitchell.

Now the organizers have announced that breakfast will also include a special tribute to four civil rights activists who passed away last year.

“Dr. CT Vivian – Dr. Joseph Lowery – Congressman John Lewis and Attorney Bruce Boynton. All died in 2020,” said Hank Sanders.

First the caravan will drive from the college to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where a wreath will be laid. Then it goes over the bridge – and ends at the point where the demonstrators met state troops on Bloody Sunday.

“This is where they stopped and the beating started in 1965,” said Faya Rose Toure. It is a space, a sacred space, that is seldom honored. In this room, John Lewis and Hosea Williams said, “Let’s pray.” But before they could kneel and pray, the carnage began. So we’re going to go to this sacred space and have a special prayer there. “

The Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast is on Sunday March 7th at 7:30 AM.

Free tickets are available for foot soldiers who wish to attend the event.

For more information, please call 334-526-4531.

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