in Woodstock, which has hosted the since its inception in 1999, is moving the event to the in Canton this year.
The breakfast, set for 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 14, is open to all Cherokee County residents. In the past, about 200 people attended, mostly event organizers and county leaders. Organizers hope the new venue will encourage a larger turnout from church and school groups and area residents.
"The vision that Pastor (Carl) Moore gave us is to take it outside the walls of the church," said Sherri Monger, event chairperson. "We don't just want to community leaders to attend. We want the community to attend."
The Allen Temple organizers are partnering with members of the Cherokee County government to increase participation. The event recognizes the legacy of one one of America's greatest civil rights icons. For more than a decade, the breakfast has drawn participants from all racial, political, social and religious backgrounds to promote unity.
This year's keynote speaker will be Mark Hayes, co-host of Fox 5's Good Day Atlanta. The emcee will be Ebony Steele of the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
Editor's note: A version of this story previously appeared in the January edition of The Cherokee Vine, a monthly newsletter that highlights news and events from churches, ministries and charitable organizations in Cherokee County.
For the program lineup and other information, click here to go to the MLK Unity Breakfast website.