Responding to the Legacy and Challenge
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast was held at
D'Andrea's Banquet Hall in Crystal Lake on January 15 at 7:30 AM. Our
Keynote speaker was Rev Zina Jacque from Community Church of Barrington.
Her topic was Conditions for Hope.
Held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day every January, this event brings together people of all faiths to commemorate the achievements of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and to celebrate our belief in the unity of the human race and the sacredness of creation.
A delicious vegetarian buffet is shared at the D'Andrea's Banquet Center, 4419 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake. The program includes prayers, readings and music, from a variety of traditions. The keynote speaker is selected by the Board to bring a message that helps us understand our part in creating justice and peace in the world. Past speakers have included: Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris, first Executive Director of the King Center in Atlanta, Dawn Turner Trice, author and columnist for The Chicago Tribune, Ernest Brooks, III, Assistant Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and Dr. Ronald Beauchamp, Director of the Niebuhr Center at Elmhurst College.
In 2014, FaithBridge held an essay contest for Middle School Students, on the topic "My Dream for the world." Winning essays were read at the MLK breakfast. For 2015, the essay contest topic was "How do you bring peace in the midst of challenge and controversy?" The winner was Zachary, from Belinda Strobel's class at Bernotas Middle School. The 2016 topic was "Awake: How do you wish to see the world in twenty years? Remember you are an active participant in these changes." The 2017 topic was "Honestly Confronting Racism." The contest is open to all local students in grades 6-8.
Our 2018 winner is 8th Grader Autumn Chase: