The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast Celebration® was created in October 1999. This annual event is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship Committee of Cleveland, Ohio. All Committee members are volunteers who live throughout the Greater Cleveland Community. This is an independent, tax-exempt, grass roots organization, and it is not affiliated with any other organization or government entity.
The mission of the MLK Holiday Scholarship Committee is to encourage and to facilitate the celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to pass on his legacy to the next generation, and to highlight the creative genius of America’s young sons and young daughters from Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The mission is implemented via the annual community Breakfast Celebration and student contests. Students from throughout Northeast Ohio are invited to honor Dr. King by entering the “Happy Birthday Dr. King!”© Contest.
The 12 winners, known as “MLK Holiday Scholars” receive scholarships and other prizes. Morehouse College students from Northeast Ohio are invited to enter an essay contest. The winners, known as the “MLK-Northeast Ohio Morehouse College Scholars” also receive scholarships and other prizes. Morehouse College is the beloved Alma Mater of three generations of men named Martin Luther King.
The theme of the MLK Committee is “Celebrating the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” ®