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Morris to speak at MLK Jr. breakfast

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Rev. Calvin Morris will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 21.

Known as a powerful speaker, Morris’ topic will be “One Nation Indivisible: Where Do We Go From Here.”

In addition to prayers, readings and blessings from a variety of faiths, there will be video footage of Dr. King and music by Lia Nicine McCoo.

The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at D’Andrea Banquets, 4419 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

It is sponsored by FaithBridge, a consortium of local faith communities.

Breakfast tickets are $20 ($15 for teens) for a vegetarian buffet and program.

Morris retired last year after 14 years as the executive director of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago.

He met the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. when he came to Chicago in 1967 to complete his doctoral degree. Because of Jackson’s influence, Morris ended up as associate director of Operation Bread Basket, now known as Rainbow Push.

Some years later, Morris returned to Boston with his wife and two children and taught at Simmons College. From Boston, Morris went to the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, where he served as executive director. 

Tickets are available at the Center for Spiritual Evolution in Cary, Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, the Blue Lotus Temple in Woodstock, the McHenry County Jewish Congregation in Ridgefield, the Crystal Lake Ridgefield Presbyterian Church, the Universal Unitarian Church of Woodstock, the American Muslim Community Organization in Algonquin and the Department of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

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