“The program itself is in honor of Dr. King and we realize that it's important for us as a community service organization to serve and we want to emphasize the importance of the service that provide by many of the community members as well as the members of the organization as well,” said Rosslyn Cooley-Prayer, Chairperson for the MLK Luncheon.
The annual luncheon is hosted by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club in
But the event also honors a fellow club member.
“Her name was Ellen Nikkans. She was a club member,” said Cooley-Prayer. “She happened to have pasted away before it all came into fruition. We do it every year in her honor and we've actually designated a special award the visionary award that we give in honor of Ms. Nikkans as well.”
And over the years, it's become a multicultural event.
“Everyone was here because one thing about Dr. King, he was not about one specific race he was about all people and that's what this event truly exemplified,” said Angela Spencer, Human Relations chair for the club.
And for club members, it's a chance celebrate the good things happening in the community.
“Because it’s a time to celebrate,” said Spencer. “To celebrate our race to celebrate our accomplishments as the theme this year talks about moving forward we all have to have a vision of where we're going; we know where we've been but we have to move forward in a positive direction.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday, January 20th.