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Mount Zion Baptist Church houses the breakfast every year Mount Zion Baptist Church houses the breakfast every year
Breakfast held from past event Breakfast held from past event
The church can hold around 2,800 people The church can hold around 2,800 people
President, CEO Anne Thompson Milledge explains the importance of giving President, CEO Anne Thompson Milledge explains the importance of giving
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The parking lot is empty and so is the sanctuary but come Monday morning, it will be a different sight, hundreds will gather at Mount Zion Baptist Church for H.E.A.R.T organization's annual breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"It grew from 9 people to well over 1,000 people," President and CEO Anne Johnson Milledge said.

She hopes this breakfast will remind her neighbors to look for an opportunity to give back.

"On that day, it's not a day off, it's a day on," Milledge continues. "We want to encourage people to go out and do some type of service on King Day."

That's something organizers feel is important, to offer services rather than being served.

"The message that we put out is that we want to keep his dream alive but what are you dreaming? What's your dream for America? What's your dream for your community?" Milledge shares.

For H.E.A.R.T members their dream is to provide disadvantaged children with one simple thing, shoes, and that's what the celebration is capable of giving. Those attending will have the opportunity to make contributions for the group's initiative Shoes From The Heart. Milledge says it's an idea based on what Dr. King stood for.

"It makes me feel really, really good that I'm a part of keeping something alive and it's going and it's well, it's well received and its an expectation and there are great things that come up out of this," Milledge said.

A legacy in the making.

 

Open to public and free, breakfast starts at 7:30am at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 901 South Westover Blvd, Albany

Keynote speaker: Bishop J. Nathan Paige

Musical guest: MLK Community Mass Choir

 

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