Hundreds of people will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr this Monday at the 22nd annual "We have a Dream" breakfast. The event is family friendly and open to all community members who want to celebrate Dr. King's message.
"Dr. King's message was a great one in that all people matter and with Destination Medical Center on our horizon we need everybody at the table," said Chamber of Commerce President, Rob Miller. "We need everybody's voices here and I believe that was his message."
A message that Miller believes everyone should here, especially children.
"I think looking in kids eyes as they hear the message of Dr. King, perhaps they don't know that message or even the questions that might come from those kids to their parents after the event," said Miller. "I think those kind of questions are good, I think that dialog is good."
The goal of the event has always been to honor Dr. King, but the way they do that has changed.
"We used to do this breakfast in the morning up at one of the hotels and it was a great event but my first year here I noticed that it wasn't very diverse," said Miller. "It really didn't look like the population of Rochester to me, and while we appreciated all of the folks being there I really wanted to make this an event that was more about the community. So we moved the event to the Civic Center and we've got over 600 people that we believe will attend, maybe up to 700 people."
The expectation is that 175 of those people will be children. The event is designed so that everyone from the age of 1 to 101 will have a good time.
"I think immediately you're just going to feel good," said Miller. "You're going to see smiling children. You're going to see entertainment which will include children, we'll have music, and we'll have speakers. It's just a very uplifting event. It feels good and it feels like Rochester.
The event is a partnership between the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Diversity Council and the NAACP.
It will be Monday January 16th from 8am to 10am at the Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall.
Free transportation will be provided from the northwest Best Buy/Hobby Lobby parking lot and Mayo High School.
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