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Annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast scheduled for January 15

Norman Mayor Lynne Miller and the Norman Human Rights Commission invite the community to the annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The breakfast is scheduled for Jan. 15 at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd., in Fenn Hall.  Doors will open at 7 a.m. for registration with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the program beginning at 8 a.m.  “This event has always been very special for me,” said Mayor Lynne Miller.  “It is such a great honor, as mayor, for me to welcome our speakers and the diverse faith communities, as well as the residents of our city and those from other areas, to join us in celebrating the life and work of Dr. King.”

The keynote speech entitled, “Moving toward the More Beloved Community,” will be presented by Jabar Shumate, Vice President for the University Community at the University of Oklahoma, where he promotes learning about other cultures, fosters a sense of community, and works to improve communication on campus.  Prior to coming to OU, he served in both the Oklahoma State House and State Senate, where he focused on expanding quality educational options for all kids.  He also is active in the local community, serving on the Board of Directors of both the Oklahoma City Urban League and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Education.  He is also an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Inspirational commentary and prayers will also be offered by leaders of a variety of faiths.  “This event has grown in popularity in the last several years.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together for the common purpose of enjoying and appreciating our diversity in faith and gaining a better understanding of each other, as reflected by Dr. King’s principles,” said Kay Ham, Human Rights Commission Chair.

The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are requested to RSVP by Jan. 10 to Sarah Encinias.