CBC-Sponsored MLK Interfaith Breakfast Offers Inspiration

“We cannot become complacent in the pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. We are still making progress, but there’s still much to be done.”
– Adri Maisonet, Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield

MLK Breakfast

CBC proudly serves as the presenting sponsor for the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Breakfast on Monday, January 20, 2014.

The ballrooms at the Sheraton Imperial in Research Triangle Park overflowed with people as crowds gathered for the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Monday, January 20, 2014. The early morning event brought together people from all over the Triangle to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. CBC has been a proud sponsor of the event for the past 27 years.

Leaders from all faiths offered prayers, musical inspiration came from local legend Rozyln Sorrell and national recording artist Earnest Pugh. The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, III, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Christ in Chicago brought an energetic keynote that had the crowd leaping to their collective feet multiple times.

As has become tradition, a young person offered words from the dais. In the “Special Youth Word” 10-year-old Donovan Summers, a fifth-grader from Garner, NC, presented his essay entitled, “Jesus Wept, Martin Wept, and So Have I.”

Summers brought the crowd to its feet as he spoke of the humility of Jesus and Martin Luther King. He described humility as “never try to take all the credit, even if you did all the work.”

“Dr. King was about self-respect and respecting others.”
– Donovan Summers, 5th grader

WRAL-TV Anchor Gerald Owens opened the televised portion of the event, and WRAL-TV Anchor David Crabtree brought special reflections on his recent trip to South Africa to cover Nelson Mandela’s memorial for the station.

“On this day we remember two individuals who taught to serve, not to be served,” said Crabtree. “We’re here to remember, but also to move forward. It is only through giving that we stay alive.”

Crabtree’s remarks earned him the moniker “bootleg preacher” from Moss.

Moss used the parable of the Good Samaritan to talk about the hard work that must be done “on both sides of the aisle.” He spoke of the need for bi-partisan work to deal with “economic apartheid” and what he called “the dirty little secret in America: poverty.”

“We must work together as a country to change,” said Moss emphatically. “Don’t just have the right answer, have the right heart. Don’t raise the question, what will happen to me, but what will happen to them?”

WRAL-TV brought the breakfast home to viewers in its entirety on WRAL.com and the second and final hour of the event on WRAL-TV.

“Dr. King’s vision cannot be limited to one day.”
– Adri Maisonet, Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield

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