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MLK Unity Breakfast remembers Dr. King’s legacy

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Today millions of people around the nation are remembering the legacy of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including right here in Columbus.

The 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award Breakfast, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, took place early Monday morning at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Barry Black, chaplain for the U.S. Senate. Part of his speech talked about Dr. King's dream of unity.

"The dream has been kept alive. But we must work to keep this dream alive going forward," said Dr. Black. "If we will make a commitment to the principles for which Martin lived and died, that principle of perseverance, that principle of optimism, that principle of excellence, that principle of service…we will keep the dream alive."

This breakfast is held every year on the MLK holiday to recognize individuals and organizations in Columbus who consistently foster ideas of unity and progress.

Dr. King's life was dedicated topromoting unity and progress in the community. The award is given to people ororganizations in Columbus who promote the same principles through words andactions.

Dr. Black says we must make a commitmentto keep moving forward.

"We must make a commitmentto keep planting, to keep watering, even though we know that 75 percent of thesoil will not be productive," said Dr. Black.

Lula Huff, the Muscogee County tax commissioner, is this year's Unity Award recipient

"I'm totally shocked,surprised, I'm grateful but it all belongs to you," said Huff. "And, thank youfor giving me the opportunity to serve."

Huff says she knows shehas more work to do, helping those who can't help themselves. Giving back ishow she was raised and who she is.

"If we can all do the sameand just remember that we are one," Huff said. "We don't treat anyone anydifferent than anyone else we have respect for each individual. That there'sonly one way and that's the right way."

We will have more on the breakfast coming up on the news at 5 p.m.

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