Former N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual MLK Holiday Breakfast, Jan. 18 at the Charlotte Conventinon Center.
Graham, 52, will talk about his “journey to forgiveness” following the murder of his sister, Cynthia Hurd, and 8 other church members at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC in June 2016, according to the YMCA, which sponsores the event, now in its 22nd year.
“This breakfast is for all Charlotteans to come together in celebration of diversity and Dr. King’s legacy,” says Dena Paulding, McCrorey YMCA executive director. “We are honored to continue bringing exceptional leaders like Malcolm Graham to the whole community on this special occasion.”
About 1,300 people are expected to attend the event, hosted by NBC Charlotte anchor Fred Shropshire.
Doors open at 7:15 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m with a scheduled end time of 9:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Proceeds from the breakfast will fund programs for children at the McCrorey Family YMCA, which was founded in 1936 as an African-American YMCA in a segregated nation.