For 14 years the Santa Clarita Valley has participated in the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to recognize the National Day of Prayer, which began more than 60 years ago in Washington, D.C. This year, hundreds will gather at Kelly’s Wedding Garden in Santa Clarita on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 7-8:30 a.m. to hear Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In honor of the National Day of Prayer, communities gather to pray for the people in authority, as leaders are confronted with numerous issues, from traffic impact to racial tension, and are charged with making long-lasting decisions that impact citizens for generations. The philosophy behind the event is that leaders need wisdom and guidance in making the right decisions on a daily basis.
Alveda King, the keynote speaker, currently serves as a pastoral associate and director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African American outreach for Priests for Life. She sees the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle and is a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing.
The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement. Dr. King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a bestselling author of books including “How Can the Dream Survive if we Murder the Children?” and “I Don’t Want Your Man, I Want My Own.” She is also an actress and songwriter. The founder of King for America, Inc., Alveda is the recipient of a doctorate of laws degree from Saint Anselm College. Dr. King lives in Atlanta, where she is the “grateful mother of six and a doting grandmother.”
Registration and check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. and the event starts at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be served with a backdrop of patriotic music. If you would like to attend and ticket prices are an issue, contact The Diako Group, a non-profit working to help young people become community leaders. Visit http://www.alvedaking.com/alveda-king.
Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite.com.