Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All Peoples’ Breakfast celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day by “living the legacy”

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click to enlarge All Peoples' Breakfast; Jan. 15, 8-10 a.m., Reid Arena in CC’s El Pomar Sports Center, coloradocollege.edu. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • All Peoples' Breakfast; Jan. 15, 8-10 a.m., Reid Arena in CC’s El Pomar Sports Center, coloradocollege.edu.
The public image of protest, activism and revolution has changed since the days of Martin Luther King Jr. Some activists claim that pacifism is no longer a viable means of making change, and others continue to preach and practice nonviolence. The information age has opened peoples’ eyes to continuing injustices; and though we all want to do something, sometimes we disagree on what that something should look like.

But now — 50 years after Dr. King’s assassination and during one of the most divisive eras of American history — is a good time to remember that we are all building on the legacy of King and those who share his beliefs. Hence, the theme of this year’s All Peoples’ Breakfast is Living the Legacy: A Call to Action.

Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission founded The All Peoples’ Breakfast in 2006 or 2007 (organizers couldn’t remember the exact year), sponsored by Colorado College and joined every year since by our local branch of the NAACP. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the breakfast honors the work of Dr. King, and offers much-needed rejuvenation for those who continue the fight for civil rights.

Rosemary Lytle, president of the NAACP Colorado, Montana, Wyoming State Area Conference, says: “This breakfast is about bringing the community together around King’s legacy and ideals, and continuing to keep his message and life mission vibrant — not ‘relevant,’ because it will always be.”

This year’s program should further that goal. In addition to a display of student art and performances by the Women in Red gospel choir and hip-hop artist/activist Kevin Mitchell, a handful of people will take the stage and recite King’s work, while sharing personal experiences. “When you listen to King’s actual words,” Lytle says, “... you hear them as revolutionary, you hear them as the resistance, you see the seamlessness of Black Lives Matter and King’s work and words.”

Steve Flynn, chair of the All Peoples’ Breakfast committee and member of PPJPC’s board of directors, is looking forward to how the presentation may influence the 450-plus folks who attend. “Person-by-person,” Flynn says, “I don’t know what effect that will have on the people becoming more active, but it’s moving and inspiring to be there and sit through that and hear all those words spoken.”

Following the presentation, attendees will participate in facilitated table talks, then meet for a march from the Colorado College campus to Acacia Park. Reaffirming our commitment to change may be a galvanizing way to start a year that will no doubt require as much fortitude as 2017 did. We can’t afford to get tired.

“[King] was breaking the laws just by walking, just by marching,” Lytle says. “And we say ‘oh, another march?’ Well, yeah, absolutely! Another!”

And, likely, many more after that.

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