MIDWEST CITY, OKLAHOMA — Hundreds of people walked into the Reed Center early Monday morning, greeting old friends and seeing familiar faces.
Then they got down to business.
From the Reverend Jeff Hamilton’s Invocation, to Midwest City Mayor Jack Frye, Dr. King’s legacy got frequent mention.
“The first time I heard Dr. King in person I was 24,” said Rev. Hamilton from the podium.”
Service was the theme.
Mayor Frye said, “It was important to Dr. King. Make it important in your life as well.”
17 years ago the first King Breakfast in Midwest City took place in the town community center.
It’s grown quite a bit since then.
People of all creeds and colors still meet to discuss King’s legacy of fighting injustice.
One of two keynote speakers, Reverend Semaj Vanzant used Isaiah the old testament prophet as an example to answer God’s call to service.
“I double dare you raise your hand and stand up tall, and say these words, not just with your lips but from your heart. ‘Here I am. Send me.”
Oklahoma City attorney David Slane, much like the first keynote speaker, wasn’t afraid to bring up a series of uncomfortable issue over breakfast.
He mentioned current stand your ground laws, racial profiling, the MAPS projects, and tornado shelters for schools among others.
His point, that regardless of political affiliation, people need to do something to solve them.
“If you don’t like my questions, create your own.,” he said. “But ask the question.”
Calling on Martin Luther King’s name and legacy remains a popular thing to do on the third Monday in January.
Somewhere between King’s early death in 1968 and today, even differing opinions agree there is work left to be done.