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MLK Unity Breakfast remembers Dr. King’s legacy

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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 to promoting unity and progress in the community. The award is given to people or organizations in Columbus who promote the same principles through words and actions.

Dr. Black says we must make a commitment to keep moving forward.

"We must make a commitment to keep planting, to keep watering, even though we know that 75 percent of the soil 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 you for giving me the opportunity to serve."

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

"If we can all do the same and just remember that we are one," Huff said. "We don't treat anyone any different than anyone else we have respect for each individual. That there's only 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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