Start the year with an inspirational message.
IUT continues the legacy with the 12th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on January 17th, 2022.
This year we are honoring civil rights pioneer Andrew Young at the iUrban Teen’s 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community Breakfast. Take the journey back, through history, hear his first-hand account of the struggle for social justice and the lessons learned.
“What an honor. In 2014, we were blessed to have Congressman John Lewis at our Dr King Breakfast in Vancouver, in 2017 we had Rev CT Vivian. Now in January 2022 we will have Ambassador Andrew Young. Continuing the Legacy,” Deena Pierott, iUrban Teen Founder.
Andrew Jackson Young Jr. (born March 12, 1932) is an American politician, diplomat, and activist. Beginning his career as a pastor, Young was an early leader in the civil rights movement, serving as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and a close confidant to Martin Luther King Jr. Young later became active in politics, serving as a U.S. Congressman from Georgia, United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Carter Administration, and 55th Mayor of Atlanta. Since leaving office, Young has founded or served in many organizations working on issues of public policy and political lobbying.
Previous Civil Rights luminaries /guest speakers include
Congressman John Lewis
John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an American statesman and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966. Lewis was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis.
Cordy Tindell Vivian (July 30, 1924 – July 17, 2020) was an American minister, author, and close friend and lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement. Vivian resided in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Senator Barack Obama, speaking at Selma’s Brown Chapel on the March 2007, anniversary of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, recognized Vivian in his opening remarks in the words of Martin L. King Jr. as “the greatest preacher to ever live.”