In Seattle, On January 15th, hundreds of church, school, business, and civic leaders gathered for a breakfast to remember and continue Martin Luther King Jr's work at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle . This was the sixth annual MLK prayer breakfast hosted by Urban Impact and organized by Allen Belton. The breakfast consisted of a similar meal Dr. King ate the morning he was assassinated: eggs, bacon, hash browns, and cheese grits.
Father Stephen Sundborg, the president of Seattle University, was the keynote speaker and shared a message of ten commitments white people can make to help continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King. He also shared several prayers from Dr. King and inspired everyone to work towards creating justice for all people.
Allen and Margaret Belton were honored for their legacy of work; Allen has been the chairman of the MLK Breakfast and will be passing the baton to another leader next year. Allen will continue his work with Ministries of Reconciliation with Urban Impact. Allen and Margaret have led on teaching others about forgiveness and reconciliation in Seattle for more than 50 years.
What was clear from this celebration: even after 50 years since his assassination, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his words are still as powerful today as when he was in active ministry: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”