The Centerville-Washington Diversity Council will host the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, January 15, featuring the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell as speaker. The annual breakfast takes place at 7:30 am at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, with the doors opening at 7:00 a.m. Registration starts December 1st with online registration at mlkbreakfastcenterville.eventbrite.com. Printed registration forms found HERE can be mailed and will be available at Centerville Library, beginning December 1st. Tickets are $20 each, or $200 for a table of ten.
As general secretary of the National Council of Churches and executive director of the US office of the World Council of Churches, Campbell participated in some of the great historic events of the last century. She worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and brought him to her own congregation, the first white church in Cleveland to receive Dr. King. She organized volunteers to work for the election of Carl B. Stokes as the first black mayor of a major American city and served as an honorary election monitor in the election of Nelson Mandela as the first African president of South Africa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu referred to Campbell as “a woman of courage and compassion,” noting that she was among 200 clergy members in the procession for his enthronement as Archbishop of South Africa. “Her voice helped to bring an end to the evil of apartheid.”
Campbell’s efforts to advance ecumenical and interfaith understanding include the Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion where she sponsored programs and speakers from diverse spiritual backgrounds. A recipient of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance, she helped to draft the Charter for Compassion with other spiritual leaders selected by the TED organization.
For further questions about the breakfast, please contact Breakfast Co-Chairs Debbie Parrett at 937-231-4031 or Linda White at 937-559-6728.
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