MLK Breakfast

About the MLK Breakfast

The 1st. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast celebration was held in January 1992 at Catharine Street Community Center (CSCC). The then Board President John E. Byrd shared with the 50 guests his vision that the MLK Breakfast Celebration would become an annual event.

Over the years, the CSCC’s MLK Breakfast grew into the largest  most diverse and inclusive annual celebration in the Mid-Hudson Region.  In 2011, the 20th. Anniversary, welcomed more than 600 guests along with Guest Speaker Bill Toles, musician, producer, sound designer, filmmaker and son of the former executive director of CSCC, William Toles, Jr. (1952-1962).

The growing popularity of the Breakfast can be attributed to its highly acclaimed guest speakers, community honorees, scholarships awards to college bound high school students with musical presentations by local choirs, musicians and vocalists.

For more than 30 years, the Annual MLK Breakfast Celebration has fulfilled the vision of its founding board president as it continues to garner the support of businesses, faith-based, community & civic organizations, schools, colleges and local residents among others.

Past Honorees

1992
Charles E. Byrd
McCann Foundation & Trust
John J. Gartland

1993
Linda Melton Mann
William J. Theyson

1994
Luciana Brady
Phyllis Greenfield
Walter M. Patrice

1995
Geraldine Ballard
Rodney K. Douglas
Chales Garin
Stephanie Gosserr

1996
Kevin Alston Jr.
Anne Dyson, MD &
Robert R. Dyson
Hollis W. Shaw

1997
Shanna Didymus
Lorraine Roberts
Charles Stewart

1998
Marva P. Clark
Cherrell Evans-Tillery
Joseph Parker Jr.
Jeremy Stennett

1999
Polly Anderson Gage
Nakia Hansen
John Mack III
Nadia Malcolm

2000
Justin Carter
Jeh Johnson
Yanake Watson

2001
Marisa Lee
Joan & Jonah Sherman
Kathleen Stevens

2002
Lisa Dickens
Fredrica S. Goodman
Ginnia Higgins
Ethel Lee Vaughn
Myung Chul Woo

2003
AnnMarie Colucci
Adam Khatib
Richard K. Wager

2004
Gladys Cooper
Harika Chatlapalli
Emily O’Neill
Martin Rutberg

2005
Claude & Linda* Bodley
Rebecca Burkhart
Theodora & Edward Hoe*
Robert Watson Jr.

2006
Carly Ackerman
Janeen Hall
Tyrone Stevens
Rayford Watkins

2007
Manjot Kaur Bhatti
Albert Rosenblatt
Tiffany Thompson

2008
Vincent Baggett
Theodora & Roy Budnik
Nicole Dama
Olivia Garrity

2009
Beulah Baptist Church
Jamar Cummings
J. Joseph McGowan
Ana Vertiz

2010
Joseph Davis
Brittany Lo
Theresa McCartney
Sheri Reid

2011
Angelique Jones
Jessica McGarry
Ira Ward

2012
Alyssa Barber
John Flowers
Joseph M. Johnson
Kyle Tam

2013
Amanda D’Angelo
George D. Marlow
Brenden Warner

2014
Margaret & Donald Calista
DeSean Morrow
Rashad Ricketts

2015
Joshua N. Jordan
Nina R. Scott

2016
Brianna M. Erlebacher
Jawuan M. Walters

2017
Barbara D. Davis
Thad S. Jones
Naraya L. Price
Neliekah Y. Wallace

2018
Adrian “Butch” Anderson
Dennis J. Murray
Ayobipi S. Opuiyo
Hope T. Tangunu

2019
Richard N. Addae
Roland E. Butts*
Sashawna A. Isaacs
Perinella Lewis
Jon P. Vincitore

2020
Anthony J. Deyoe
Barbara Jeter-Jackson
John P. O’Shea
Destiny N. Purvis
Stephen M. Saland

2021
Aaminah Z. Syed
Catherine Y. Tan
Melanie Vazquez-Ponce

2022
Tatiana Blackhorse
Harrison B. Brisbon-McKinnon
Charles A. Freni
Elizabeth C. Kinkade
Maurice (Ed) Kinkade
Nathan E. Schiavone

 

*Posthumously