Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders will gather and pray together at the 30th annual MLK Unity Breakfast Monday morning at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center.
The event, which is held every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, usually attracts between 1,500-2,000 people, and is led by the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition. At the event, Bishop Calvin Woods, Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi Laila Haas and Birmingham Islamic Society’s Ashfaq Taufique will offer unifying prayers for the community and nation.
This year’s theme is “Beyond Poverty,” and the featured speaker will be Andrea Taylor, the CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
“We chose the theme ‘Beyond Poverty’ because our community and our country continues to struggle with issues of equity and access to quality healthcare, education and economic opportunity,” said Unity Breakfast Chairman, Greg Townsend, MPPM, who also serves as Chairman for the Metro Birmingham Diversity Coalition.