CONYERS—The MLK breakfast hosted by the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale NAACP drew a packed crowd Monday as people here came together to celebrate the national holiday. About 200 people turned out in the frigid cold for the event, which was held at Longhorn steakhouse at 7:30 a.m.
The Rev. Walter Kimbrough of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church in Decatur was the keynote speaker. The longtime Methodist pastor joined several Baptist pastors, business professionals and just ordinary folks over a hearty Southern breakfast of grits, scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes and fresh fruit.
Kimbrough spoke on the theme, “Moving Beyond the Speeches.” He used his message to inspire the crowd to take care of the children and the elderly, and to underscore the importance of strengthening family bonds.
Kimbrough talked about growing up in Atlanta’s Summerhill community where everyone knew one another and family units were strong—even those like his headed by single parents who struggled with limited resources.
“I had to share a bed with two older sisters,” said Kimbrough, adding that he also ate at all of his neighbor’s homes because they knew one another as family.
Kimbrough said that honoring the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., meant more than listening to speeches. To honor King’s legacy, he said, means that everyone must work to build the community, especially affirming our children and the elderly.
“Are we not willing to walk the walk and talk the talk?” Kimbrough demanded.
The MLK Day breakfast, in its ninth year, helped to raise money for the United Way in Rockdale.