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Interfaith Prayer Breakfast brings hundreds together on MLK Day

Posted January 16

— Nearly 1,000 people attended the Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Monday to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event, now in its 37th year, is one of the largest MLK Day events in the Triangle. Guests who attend the breakfast receive a free, hot meal while they listen to numerous music performers and speakers of contrasting ages and backgrounds.

The theme at this year's breakfast was "where do we go from here?" As a result, speakers and faith leaders spoke directly about the unrest many felt -- and continue to feel -- during and after the divisive presidential election.

With a common goal of inclusiveness, the vast group of attendees sang together, prayed together and listened to discussions from moving speakers. Some of the guests included a high school student and a college graduate, recording artist Ruth La'Ontra and Pastor James White of Christ Our King Community church, who served as the event's keynote speaker.

Speakers at the event said Dr. King's vision for social and economic equality and his commitment to hope are causes people continue to fight for in the present day.

"Dr. King said the question is not whether or not we will be extremists but what kind of extremists will we be," said a speaker. "Will we be extremists for hate or for love, and will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?"

In case you missed it, you can watch the event in its entirety online.

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