WATCH: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Breakfast

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr would’ve turned 92 on January 15 of this year. Each year around the country there are events to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. This year is no different even though the circumstances are different.

The 34th annual Martin Luther King, Jr Breakfast in Jacksonville will be held virtually. The event is scheduled for January 15, 2021. The breakfast is usually attended by paid ticket holders but this year it’s free and open to everyone to attend virtually. However, you must register to attend. Click here to learn more.

From the City of Jacksonville:

This year’s event will feature a panel of community leaders that will be discussing racial injustice, education, healthcare, economic mobility and other moderated questions. Our panelists include City of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools and 2021 Florida Superintendent of the Year Dr. Diana Greene, UF Health CEO Dr. Leon Haley and United Way of Northeast Florida President and CEO Michelle Braun. The breakfast will be hosted and moderated by Joy Purdy from News4Jax and Anthony Austin from First Coast News.

The annual event also honors Tomorrow’s Leaders. The young people went through a nomination process and submitted essays on a predetermined topic relating to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his legacy. This year’s topic: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Two winners were chosen from the elementary, middle and high school levels.


  • First Place: Caden Cohen, 5th Grade, Central Riverside Elementary
  • Second Place: Kaiyida King, 4th Grade, Chimney Lakes Elementary

Middle School:

  • First Place: Charlotte Kessler, 8th Grade, LaVilla School of the Arts
  • Second Place: Sofia King, 7th Grade, LaVilla Schools of the Arts

High School:

  • First Place: Jagger Leach, 12th Grade, Stanton College Preparatory
  • Second Place: Janay Wright-Williams, 12th Grade, Atlantic Coast High School

The event will be streamed live via YouTube at the normal location, the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Streaming starts at 8:00 am on January 15, 2021 with a pre-show. The event kicks off at 8:30am. Even though the Martin Luther King, Jr Breakfast is virtual you must pre-register. Click here to pre-register.

Check back here Friday to watch the event live!

Julie Morgan

Julie can be heard weekdays on The Community Spotlight. She's also the host of “HOT Topics”, HOT 99.5’s Community Affairs Program, Sundays at 6:30 a.m.

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