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Lexington honors life of MLK Jr. at 26th annual Unity Breakfast

Posted at 5:50 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 13:18:18-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — For more than two decades, the Unity Breakfast has been held in Lexington to honor the life and work of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

Over a 1,000 people gathered Monday for the city's annual event.

The 26th annual Unity Breakfast started at 6:30 a.m. Monday at the newly renamed Central Bank Center, formerly known as the Lexington Convention Center. It was hosted by the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

This year's breakfast featured 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 gained more knowledge about King's legacy. They also said 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 were sold out.