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Big turnout expected for 26th annual Unity Breakfast

MLK Day
Posted at 7:11 AM, Jan 17, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — On Monday, more than 1,200 people are expected to get together for a community breakfast. But more important, they'll talk about peace and unity.

The 26th annual Unity Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m. Monday and will be held at the Lexington Convention Center. It’s hosted by the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

The goal is to spread a message of peace and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It really shows that Dr. Martin Luther King's life made a difference and we have an opportunity to bring people together in a large format to show them that,” said Don Tharpe, the vice-chair of the Education Foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter.

This year's breakfast will feature four speakers, including a student from Dunbar High School and a pastor.

"They reflect on the ideas of Dr. King as an educator, as a civil rights leader, as a spiritual leader and as a humanitarian,” said Randall Vaughn, the chair of the Education Foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter.

Organizers hope first-timers will gain more knowledge about King's legacy. They also say during a time where many people are divided, remembering his message of peace is important.

"If we don't have events like this, it will just soon go away and it will just be a memory and if it's not taught in history book, then a lot of people won't know,” said Tharpe.

Tickets for this year's breakfast are sold out. Organizers say they usually start planning for the next breakfast only a couple of months after the event.