For many, a significant part of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy each Martin Luther King Day holiday is to mark the day through community service.
One of my favorite quotations from King is:
“If you want to be important, wonderful. If you want to be recognized, wonderful. If you want to be great, wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you, shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness.”
Each year during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis, the event’s planning committee honors three people who are actively involved in their communities, demonstrating King’s dedication to nonviolent social change and service.
This was my sixth year on the planning committee for the annual event, and I’m always incredibly moved to learn about the amazing dedication the winners have to improving our community.
The 2013 Local Legend winners are Warren Bowles, a veteran actor and director; Eric Mahmoud, chief executive officer of Harvest Prep Academy; and John Turnipseed, Director of the Center for Fathering.
See their inspiring stories in this video.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast is a 23-year Twin Cities tradition and partnership between UNCF and the General Mills Foundation. Nearly 2,000 people attended this year’s sold-out event at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which was also broadcast live on TPT. If you’re in Minnesota, and you missed it, check TPT.org for rebroadcast times.