Honoring MLK Day: Breakfast in DC

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The National Action Network gathered on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor and award several astounding African American individuals trailblazing society at a breakfast in DC. The Reverend Al Sharpton opened the breakfast speaking vividly about Mr. and Mrs. King’s active role in transforming the lives of African Americans. He says, “King made it possible for millennials.” The room full of society’s leaders from Dr. Ben Chavis to Michelle Ebanks of Essence Magazine, listened as Rev. Sharpton told the stories of how Dr. King led millions in the worst weather on marches for Black freedom.

With the change in our country with the new President taking office on Jan. 20, he says, “Trump must deal with the issues today, and realize it is bigger than what he thinks.” The first Honoree Senator Cory Booker, Sharpton praises for being what we need for serious discussion of these issues. Cory Booker says, during his fight, he stayed on the ground and hasn’t been afraid to take positions he knew would get him attacked. “We must remember what King said, and we must make change. Understanding that we come from broken reality; knowing we sit here and there are homeless people, or those living below poverty line. There is violence against homosexuality and a mental illness stigma that tells society to lock them up. Activism happens as an everyday choice you make.”

Cory’s powerful message to take action led to Honoree Cathy Hughes, of Radio One, who  spoke on the mission for her is to give a voice to the black community. The quietness as she spoke resonated the hearts of each attendee.  Black Lives Matter continues to be a wake up call for America. Hughes reiterated that Sharpton’s action is the blueprint to get things done. The room clapped and then she jokingly stated, “Trump’s first accomplishment so far being his reactivation of activism.” Everyone laughs, but knows is true.

The primary message of all honorees today was taking action on issues hurting America. There is no specific color line when  it comes down to what each person stood up to speak about. The common denominator was to just make change, something Governor Terry McAuliffe is an example of. The Governor of Virginia is taking action by restoring the voting rights in Virginia.

The work that America must consider is not over. Choreographer of the greats, Debbie Allen was honored for trailblazing as a black woman in the arts. Her vivid experience in Beirut made the entire room stand still as she spoke on how amazing the male dancers in that country look up to us (African Americans).

Along with several other honorees like Founder and CEO of Act 1  Janice Bryant Howroyd, National VP of District 7, AFGE  Dorothy James, and Yasmine Arlington Miss DC Plus 2016, the attendees left ready to make a difference.  Communities need active people who are not afraid because America needs change to occur. Fear will not solve our problem in the African American communities, faith and God are the key to change as Sharpton stated.

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