This morning, the 33rd annual MLK Celebration PUSH for Excellence, Scholarship, and Programming Breakfast was held at the Marriott Marquis Chicago. The breakfast is held to honor and celebrate Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and “his blueprint for life.”
The event opened with a prayer from Pastor Reginald Wayne Sharpe Jr., while guests continued to trickle in. From 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. participants got to hear from role models in the community, network, and eat. Speakers range from judges to the officials in office. The children are also given their time to shine with an oratorical exhibition, the reciting of poems, and the playing of live music.
A highlight of the breakfast included hearing from Dr. King’s son Martin Luther King III.
The Breakfast is brought to the community by The Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC) founded by Reverend Jesse Jackson. Rev. Jackson is a civil rights, religious, and political figure, who held a pivotal position in the Civil Rights Movement. The RPC was a merge between two organizations previously founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson — People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH, 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (1984). RPC’s mission is to “to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.”
Lindsey Robinson, a Whitney Young freshman, created a special memory by attending today’s breakfast. “I attended this event because I wanted to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Robinson said. “Thanks to Jack and Jill I was given the chance to attend this event, and because of that I was able to make such a good memory and had such a great opportunity to help celebrate a wonderful man and what he accomplished during his life.”
Whitney Young freshman Brette Baker, also a member of Jack and Jill Teens of America, volunteered at the event because it was her way of giving back to her community. “I attended this event because I wanted to be apart of something that was celebrating the eventful and impactful life of Martin Luther King. I had the honor to help set up the event and will be forever grateful for this experience.”
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By Amariyah Mallory, Freshman, Whitney Young
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