The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast is Boston's premier and the nation's longest-running event dedicated to the memory of Dr. King. The breakfast features engaging speeches, delicious food, live music, and is attended by a diverse gathering of civic, community, and
religious leaders from across Massachusetts. The 2015 keynote address will be delivered by Cleveland Sellers, a pioneer of the 1960s civil rights movement.
Dr. Sellers was shot in what became known as the “Orangeburg Massacre,” in which three South Carolina State students were killed. He was convicted and jailed as the sole conspirator of the events and for inciting a riot. The federal government charged nine state patrol officers with excessive use of force, the first such case of its kind. However, all nine were acquitted of any wrongdoing. Sellers received a full pardon from the South Carolina Governor some 25 years later and is now President of the historically black Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.
Other invited speakers include Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Event proceeds fund student scholarships and community programs sponsored by
Union United Methodist Church
and St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church