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City, civil rights groups to host dueling MLK events
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:54:42 AM »
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A split between civil rights organizations and City Hall over planning of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast means there will be two MLK celebrations Friday morning at the same time in different locations.

Both events are seeking to be the torch-bearer for the long-running event by billing themselves as the 32nd annual breakfast in Jacksonville for King’s legacy.

The Jacksonville branch of the NAACP, the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Jacksonville Urban League are presenting an MLK breakfast that will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center on the Southbank.

A couple of miles away, the city will be hosting an MLK breakfast at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, where doors will open at 7 a.m. and the event will begin at 8 a.m.

The unusual situation, requiring attendees to choose which event they go to when celebrating King, comes after leaders of the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference say that while their organizations were behind the start of the annual breakfasts in 1987, the city took over the decision-making for the event in recent years. The civil rights organizations are bringing the breakfast back to its roots, said Isaiah Rumlin, president of the Jacksonville branch of the NAACP.

Full article: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190116/city-civil-rights-groups-to-host-dueling-mlk-events
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Re: City, civil rights groups to host dueling MLK events
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 07:23:56 AM »
What better way to honor Dr. King than to feud over pancakes.

Good job, guys.

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Re: City, civil rights groups to host dueling MLK events
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 08:32:06 AM »
It's a shame. In the meantime, the Northwest side of town is still struggling economically.
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Re: City, civil rights groups to host dueling MLK events
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2019, 09:20:05 AM »
What better way to honor Dr. King than to feud over pancakes.

Good job, guys.
Seriously.  Dr King would be proud.

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Re: City, civil rights groups to host dueling MLK events
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 02:31:40 PM »
One City. One Jacksonville!