More than 1200 attend Unity Breakfast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Monday is Martin Luther King Day, which is a day to honor the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader. In Birmingham, the festivities got underway with the 28th annual Unity Breakfast. More than 1200 people packed the Boutwell Auditorium for the event.

This year’s keynote speaker was Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Houston Brown. He urged everyone to never forget the tragic events that took place in Birmingham during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. It was those events in 1963 that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell was also at the event.

“As each successive generation comes along, we must educate them about the struggles that took place back in the 60’s, not that we want to dwell on it, but we want to educate the young so that those things won’t be repeated again. And that we treat all human beings with dignity and honor.” –William Bell, Birmingham Mayor

Also in attendance were many students from Birmingham city schools and Miles College.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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