HAZARD—As students and adults alike celebrated a rare three-day weekend on Monday by sleeping in and staying in their pajamas all day, a portion of Perry Countians participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast held at the Hazard Community and Technical College to help commemorate what would have been King’s 85th birthday.
The event began with a free breakfast provided by the college at the First Federal Center, and then keynote speaker Dr. Rana Johnson, CPE chief diversity officer, took to the podium to speak about how one simple act can have a ripple effect, touching other people in one’s life, creating action and change in them.
“Let us not just remember Martin Luther King, Jr., one day a year. I challenge you to follow his lead and to create your own ripple effect,” Johnson said.
Johnosn went on to speak about King’s striving and insistence upon acts of service to others and to the community.
“Your personal achievements will be meaningless unless you choose to serve,” she said. “Remember who you are, where you came from, and how long it took you to transform into the person you are today.”
After the breakfast was over, attendees who could walked from the college to the Consolidated Baptist Church in Hazard for another program and to participate in service projects. Kids with Pathfinders of Perry County had decorated a banner to lead the march with.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” the banner read.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.