Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 4.27.06 PMOn that tragic day in 1968 in April when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the nation held its breath. But the man who galvanized a generation had already grown too large for death to stop him. The civil rights movement continued gaining momentum and while there’s still a lot of work to do, MLK’s legacy is still celebrated today.

We’re in the middle of the Duluth – Twin Ports MLK Holiday, which runs from January 15 and culminates with a march and rally on January 19. We’ve worked together with the African American Men’s Club to put on a free community breakfast Monday morning at the Coppertop Church. Don Doane, our catering manager, has been doing the MLK breakfast for four years and says it grew organically (like much of our produce!).

“We have a great relationship with the African American Men’s Club,” Don says. “Tom just thought it was a nice way to give back to the community and we’ve done it ever since.”

We’re serving homemade biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros with sour cream and salsa, fresh fruit, and coffee. In the past, milk and juice have been donated. But while we cook the food, it’s the African American Men’s Club who does most of the work.

“They do a nice job,” Don says, “They’ll wash dishes, serve the meal, make sure that the kitchen’s clean. They love doing it.”

“The energy at 6 in the morning is unbelievable,” Tom says.

Even when it’s 25 below (like last year) or snowy and freezing (like the year before that), the event still feels warm.

“There’s entertainment and speeches, we usually get a lot of dignitaries—at least the mayor is there and some of the representatives from the area,” Don says.  “A lot of the African American leaders are there. It’s just the whole community coming together for breakfast. It’s just nice.