Gilbert will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Breakfast and Awards Ceremony Friday.
This marks the 13th year the town’s Human Relations Commission has staged the event. Last year’s breakfast attracted nearly 1,000 people, including hundreds of children from local schools.
“It was amazing, we actually ran out of food,” said human relations commissioner Marvina Baldwin of last year’s event. “That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing — it was great to see that many people turn out and support the town and the event.”
This year’s theme will be “Planting Seeds of Character: Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders” and will feature a poetry reading, singing, a dance ensemble and guest speakers.
Mayor Steve Berman will speak during the breakfast, and Gilbert Unified School District Superintendent Brad Barrett will present the Rosa Parks Art Award to a Gilbert student.
Menyon Abraham-Scott, a human relations commissioner and chairwoman of the event, said last year’s turnout was the largest ever.
“I think they’re coming to recognize Martin Luther King and to focus on youth,” she said.
When: 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday
Where: Gilbert Boys and Girls Club, 44 N. Oak St.
Information: (602) 516-5627