National sentiment on display at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast

Excerpt from Capital Gazette

by Danielle Ohl

Civil Rights Act Signing

Gail Christopher’s spent her formative years during the Civil Rights movement looking up to Martin Luther King Jr. as a “hero.”

Now an acclaimed “change agent” and a former senior adviser and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Christopher has a few of her own civil rights achievements: she’s crafted holistic health policy, championed food security and worked to ensure a mother’s right to breastfeed.

But it’s racial healing that has Christopher occupied these days.

“We are in a very challenging time in this country,” she said Monday to an audience of 500 at the 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Anne Arundel County.

The breakfast was just one of several events celebrating the civil rights leader, including a parade in Annapolis Monday, church services and a community conversation planned Tuesday.

“We as a people, as a united people, must manifest Dr. King’s dream of creating the beloved community.”

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