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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Frontiers' 42nd Annual MLK Breakfast next Monday

Radio personality Gary Byrd is this year's speaker.
(Image: WBLS)

Plainfield's chapter of Frontiers International presents the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, January 15, at the Plainfield High School cafeteria starting at 8:30 AM. The Breakfast is the longest running tribute to Dr. King in New Jersey.

This year's guest speaker is Imhotep Gary Byrd, radio personality, poet and songwriter. Byrd's radio program, The GBE, is the longest-running Black radio broadcast in New York City. Among his many credits are two songs for the soundtrack of the recent Spike Lee movie Bamboozled. He has been inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame and is considered a modern day griot, "telling our story and lifting every voice."

The Breakfast, an annual commemoration of the life of Dr. King, highlights student groups, awards scholarships, and recognizes those in the community who have made outstanding contributions.

Honorees at the Breakfast will receive the Westry Horne “Excellence in Education” award for their contribution to the Plainfield School System, the "Community Service Award" and the "Service to Youth" award. Westry Horne, one of the founders of the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club, was an avid tennis player and master educator. The auditorium at Plainfield High School bears his name. Among those being honored this year are Richard Wyatt, newly elected president of the Plainfield Board of Education and Malcolm R. Dunn, businessman and former City councilman.

The Breakfast will be a truly special event where the entire community can enjoy a delicious repast with entertainment, honor Plainfield’s finest and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tickets are $15/person, $10/students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Andrea Kee at (908) 327-8002, John Brinkley at (908) 868-8704, or The Marshall Group at (732) 968-7500.  

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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