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PHOTO GALLERY: Guests attend breakfast in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 18, 2010 | 2:47 p.m. CST; updated 10:53 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Nathan Stephens stops to talk with Keon Jordan, Eric Cravens, and Deautrey Jordan as they enjoy their breakfast. The food and fellowship was provided by St. Luke United Methodist Church at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast held Monday.

COLUMBIA — A memorial breakfast was held on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event was sponsored by community activist Almeta Crayton, the Frederick Douglass Coalition and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Association. Guests were served traditional breakfast plates and had the opportunity to socialize. The breakfast was free to members of the community, and donations were accepted.

Left to right: Rama Secka and Khadija Tejan pass out drinks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday. Both are Mizzou students and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Their organization is very involved in public service, Secka said. The woman on the right declined to give her name and said, "I'm not doing anything significant. I'm just a community helper."
Keon Jordan waits for his plate of food during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Jordan attended the breakfast with his cousins Deautrey Jordan and Eric Cravens.
Wanda Cason enjoys visiting with members of the community during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast held at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday. Cason says she has attended the breakfast every year since she moved to Columbia about 17 years ago. She says her reason for attending the breakfast has remained the same. "When you grow up with Dr. King as one of your idols, the chance to memorialize him keeps the dream alive," Cason said.
Gary Craig, Kedar Boyce and Phillip Simpkins serve an attendee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday. The men are members of the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative, an organization that "helps us academically and socially," Craig said.

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