07 Jan 2014
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The LeMoyne-Owen College's Memphis Alumni Chapter pays homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20.
The tribute begins at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Conference Center. This year's breakfast is dedicated to the LOC students who organized and participated in sit-ins during the civil rights movement and to the sanitation workers and other supporters who participated in the pivotal 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Willie W. Herenton, a member of the LeMoyne-Owen College class of 1963, the first African-American selected superintendent of Memphis City Schools and the first elected as mayor of Memphis.
Dr. Herenton also participated in the Sanitation Workers Strike, marching with the workers and wearing the historic "I Am A Man" sign.
"That experienced shaped me into the man I am today," Herenton said.
"I have deep feelings about that experience and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole and look forward to sharing my personal perspective on the impact of that pivotal time in American history."