2018 MLK Jr Breakfast

 The Centerville-Washington Diversity Council hosted the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, January 15, featuring the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell as speaker. 

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.

 Please help us thank the 2018 Diversity Council sponsors:




Bob Ross Auto Group


Premier Health Network


City of Centerville

Vectren Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Percy L. Fraser

Washington Township Trustees


AT&T, Ohio

Centerville Rotary Club

Graceworks Lutheran Services

Irongate Realtors

The Miami Valley School

Noon Optimist Club of Centerville

Pediatric Associates of Dayton

St. Leonard – CHI Communities

Soin Medical Center


Centerville Women’s Civic Club

Bob & Berneta Daley

Harmony Creek Church

Revs. Jan & Tom Harry

Paul Heintz

John & Carol Kennard

Marion’s Piazza

Norman & Bernadette Plair

Phil & Chris Raynes

Sivaji & Elvessa Subramaniam

Voss Auto Network




LBrands Foundation

South Dayton Holiday Inn Express & Suites

U92 Radio

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