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IECAAC Presents 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

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By Cheryl Brown –

The Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches will present the 30th anniversary of the annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast on Monday January 18, 2010 beginning at 7:00 A.M. at the Inghram Community Center, 2050 Mt. Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92411.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Pressing Toward the Mark of the Higher Calling” and will honor a breakfast founder, an educator, politicians, public service, and those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in community service. Also returning will be speaker Rev. Manual Scott, who for many of the formative years was always the guest speaker and brought a packed crowd to the breakfast. It is advised that you get there early. Tickets are $10 this year to cover the rising cost of the event.

The late Rev. Gertrude Wetzel was instrumental in raising funds for her dream, a king statue in San Bernardino. She spent her time cooking and selling to raise the money. When a group saw how dedicated she was, they came in and raised the necessary funds to complete the project. That statue, the largest of its kind, stands proudly in front of San Bernardino City Hall. The King celebration in San Bernardino began when a group including Rev. Valerie Pope Ludlam commemorated the statue with a breakfast and a program around the statue.

The former 6th Ward Council Member will receive the Gertrude Wetzel Award. Cary Jenkins, Director of Housing and Community for the Economic Development Agency, will receive the Beyond the Boundaries award. Norm Nunez, the Community Relations Officer for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department will receive the award for Public Service. Margaret Hill, Assistant Superintendent of County Schools is being recognized as a Trailblazer. Ms. Helen Harris, an extraordinary Missionary, is being awarded the Community Service Award for her work in the mission field both in the community and in Africa. Rounding out the awardees will be San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris who will receive the Patriot Award.

The annual breakfast will include a variety of activities and end with the traditional walk around the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue at City Hall located at 300 North “D” Street.

Tickets are available at T. Hughes Temple Outreach Community Center, 1777 W. Baseline, St Paul AME Church, 1355 W. 21st Street, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 Date Street, and New Ephesians Testament Church, 17777 Merrill, Fontana.

For more information contact one of the locations or Veatrice Jews at (909) 291-0741 or email veajews@gmail.com. Tickets are first come first serve.

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