BUSD Superintendent Donald Evans congratulates middle school students for their Next Generation Awards. Photo: Mark Coplan
BUSD Superintendent Donald Evans congratulates middle school students for their Next Generation Awards at the 2014 MLK Breakfast. Photo: Mark Coplan

The fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast takes place on Monday, Jan. 19, 8-10 a.m., at Hs Lordships, on the Berkeley Marina.

The breakfast, which opens Berkeley’s celebrations of MLK Jr. Day, brings together a diverse and friendly crowd to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and to honor the next generation of young leaders. The food isn’t half bad either.

The breakfast will be emceed by Berkeley schools superintendent Donald Evans and Pastor Anthony Hughes from St. Paul AME Church. Members of the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble will perform, as will a youth choir from a number of Berkeley churches.

The lifetime achievement award will be presented this year to Berkeley native Thelette Bennett, a long-time Berkeley High administrator. Bennett became student activities director at BHS in 1974… and stayed for 18 years. She went on to become vice principal at Willard Middle School, Longfellow Middle School and BHS.

In addition to Bennett, students from Berkeley’s three middle schools will be honored, as well as students from BHS and B-Tech.

More than 300 attended last year’s breakfast, and the organizers are expecting even more to join in this year.

Berkeleyside is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast,

Tickets for the breakfast are $25. To buy tickets, and for more details, visit Berkeley MLK Day website.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...