Hundreds turn out for King Day Breakfast at Mt. Zion

The H.E.A.R.T. organization put on the annual program

With song and word, hundreds of people came to mount Mount Zion Baptist Church today to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The essence of message that we delivered here today was more about reaching out, seeing that vision, and making that vision come to pass. In other words, it's our job to write that vision and publish that vision but those that receive it have to run and pursue it," said Pastor Jermaine Simmons.

This is an opportunity for kids as well as adults to give back to the community and here not only where we've come from but were we're going," said Broderick Perry.

"People have been struggling for a long time and Dr. King did a lot to stop a lot of the struggling, brought change to the life of a lot of people, both black and white," said Curtis Kelly.

The H.E.A.R.T. organization put on the annual program. But despite being a weekday it felt more like a Sunday service, but it was planned that way, in honor of King, because they say before being an activist ine the Civil Rights Movement, he was a preacher and a man of God.

"The homeless the hungry, the disenfranchised, the unsaved. Those who Jesus came here for, Dr. King literally died serving garbage workers," said Simmons. "So if that was important to him, it was important to the Lord and it's got to be important us."

"Martin Luther King was a true revolutionary who came forth and challenged the status quo on behalf of poor people and African-Americans in this nation," said State Representative Winfred Dukes.

Many say a lot has been accomplished since the death of Dr. King but they also say, there's still a lot of progress to be made.

"Dr. King had a dream, a dream that is still living on, that need equality. We have come a few steps ahead but we don't have totally equality for blacks and whites and for other races," said Perry.

"That was our message to them. We got the vision from Dr. King we've carried it on the past 40 years, but we've got to go further," said Simmons.

After the service, the congregation broke bread, well actually biscuits with some chicken.

A breakfast was provided for all the people in attendance courtesy of Chick-fil-A and Proctor and Gamble.

"When they come to expect, they know to expect the gospel, the good news of Christ, the good news of Martin Luther King, and to eat and fellowship with a lot of people they have never seen before," said Mary Thomas of H.E.A.R.T.

This is the 30th year the H.E.A.R.T. organization has put on the Dr. King Breakfast and Celebration.

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