The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale Branch of the NAACP will co-host a breakfast on Monday, Jan. 17, commemorating the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating the life and achievements of the influential American civil rights leader. Proceeds from the eighth annual event will be donated to United Way in Rockdale to benefit programs addressing homelessness in the community.
The event is slated for 7:45 a.m. at the Longhorn Steakhouse located on Iris Drive near Interstate 20 and West Avenue.
The background of this year’s speakers also pays tribute to Dr. King’s legacy of social change from the pulpit. The Rev. Eric Lee, pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, and the Rev. Jeff Meyers, pastor of Conyers First Baptist Church, will keynote the event.
"We are excited about this year’s celebration and expecting a large turnout," said Fred Boscarino, president of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. "This is our eighth year hosting the event with the Rockdale NAACP, and it has become a community tradition for many of our residents and business owners who want to appropriately observe MLK Day and honor this great American."
United Way in Rockdale Area Director Claire Cline expressed appreciation to the local NAACP and the Chamber for partnering to organize the event and for supporting local efforts to help the homeless.
"On January 17, we will be honoring a visionary leader who worked to improve the lives of others and to bridge social barriers," said Cline. "Helping the homeless is certainly an appropriate tribute to his legacy."
The cost to attend the breakfast and program is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 13 and under. Limited seating will be available for those who want to attend the program but not purchase breakfast.
All funds raised will benefit homeless initiatives in Conyers and Rockdale, including Phoenix Pass and Family Promise of NewRock. Advanced tickets may be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce, located at 1186 Scott Street. For more information, call 770-483-7049.