Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

33rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, a fundraising event for the Crispus Attucks Community Center, enjoys a long tradition in Lancaster County. Each year 700+ community leaders gather to honor Dr. King’s legacy through performances, community awards and a keynote speech. This year, due to COVID-19, the breakfast will look quite different.

The 33rd annual event will be held Monday, Jan. 18, from 9-10 a.m. in a live, virtual format. (Please note this is a change in time from the original schedule due to our speaker’s availability.)

This year’s theme – Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? – takes its name from Dr. King’s final book and will feature a keynote by Heather McGhee.

Ron Ford is this year’s honorary event chair. Ford was the first African American elected to Lancaster City Council, the first African American elected President of Lancaster City Council, and the first and only African American elected as a Lancaster County Commissioner to date.

The virtual event will be emceed by Danielle Woods, WGAL-TV, and is Crispus Attucks’ largest fundraiser of the year.

To make a donation to the Crispus Attucks Community Center, visit


The 33rd annual event will be held Monday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m. in a live, virtual format. 

Ticket sales are officially closed.
Consider making a donation, CLICK HERE.

For more information on tickets, please contact Kristy Aurand, Chief Development Officer,
email: phone: 717.299.7388 x3032

Improving Our Community

We invite you to join us in helping to foster a vibrant, diverse and prosperous community, rich with cultural heritage and educational opportunities by making a gift to Crispus Attucks Community Center.

To do so, please CLICK HERE or text MLK to 243-725

Your gift will help CACC improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.



MLK Breakfast 2021 – Ruby Payne Cook & Essence of Humanity Awardees

We’re super excited to announce the individuals will be honored with community awards at the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Monday, January 18th.

Congratulations to:

Essence of Humanity Awardees

Kyonna Bowman, The Mix at Arbor Place

Rachel Farmer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Ruby Payne Cook Awardees

Patricia Short

Violet Thomas

Thank you for all that you do for our community! We truly appreciate you!

Keynote Speaker – Heather C. McGhee


McGhee, 40, is a distinguished senior fellow at Demos, a public policy think tank devoted to creating a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity. During a live C-SPAN appearance in 2016 in which McGhee was discussing the upcoming presidential election, “Garry from North Carolina” called in and said, “I’m a white male, and I am prejudiced.” He went on to explain his prejudices came, in part, from reading about young Black men engaged in crime to get money for drugs. “What can I do to change? To be a better American?” Garry asked McGhee.

McGhee paused, thanked Garry, and made several recommendations on how he could begin to overcome his prejudice. This conversation went viral and has been viewed more than 8 million times online. Shortly following McGhee’s exchange with Garry, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz asked her to advise the company as it designed anti-bias training for 175,000 employees in the wake of the unjust arrest of two Black men in a Philadelphia store. McGhee co-authored a report with recommendations for how Starbucks could apply a racial equity lens to their business, and about how other companies both large and small can benefit from doing the same thing.

McGhee holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation, and serves on multiple boards of trustees, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Indivisible. Her first book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” will be published in February 2021. As racism, police brutality and decades of inequity facing people of color are causing protests and renewed calls nationwide for racial justice, McGhee’s timely keynote will discuss how we can create a more just and equitable community.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Dream Maker ($10,000)


Champion ($5,000)



Legacy ($2,500)

Community First Fund

Franklin & Marshall College

Marotta/Main Architects

Millersville University

Rodgers & Associates


Justice ($1,000)

Cargas Systems

Clark Associates

Community Services Group

Electron Energy Corporation

Elizabethtown College


J.P. Lilley

Lumsden Corporation

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

School District of Lancaster

Steinman Foundation

Stevens & Lee


Thaddeus Stevens College

The GIANT Company

Tony & Sherry Chivinski




UPMC Pinnacle


Advocate ($500)

Advanced Cooling Technologies

BB&T now Truist

Barley Snyder

CAP Board Member (anonymous)

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory

Commons Company

Danene Sorace, Mayor

Donegal Insurance Group


Emerald Advisors, LLC

Four Seasons Produce, Inc.

Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP

Haller Enterprises


Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School

M&T Bank

McKonly & Asbury

MIND Development & Design


North Group Consultants

The Groffs Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

Walz Group

Work Wisdom

The volunteer MLK Breakfast Committee is made up of the following individuals:

  • Barbara Huesken, community volunteer – past chair
  • Dr. Damaris Rau, School District of Lancaster – past chair
  • Adam Aurand, School District of Lancaster
  • Kristy Aurand, Community Action Partnership
  • AJ Eckman, Lancaster Recreation Commission
  • Kimberly Fletcher, HDC MidAtlantic
  • Darryl Gordon, The High Companies
  • Dr. Leroy Hopkins, Millersville University
  • Joshua Hunter, Community Action Partnership
  • Howard Jones, community volunteer
  • Willonda McCloud, Brightside Opportunities Center
  • Brittany Mitchell, Community Action Partnership
  • Brian Nguyen, Community Action Partnership
  • Nakiyah Parris, WGAL-TV
  • Arelis Perez, Community Action Partnership
  • Vanessa Philbert, Community Action Partnership
  • Ismail Smith-Wade-El, Lancaster County Homeless Coalition/Lancaster City Council
  • Lydia Yeager, Millersville University

About Crispus Attucks Community Center

Since 1927, the Crispus Attucks Community Center has been an anchor in Southeast Lancaster City. The organization has a proud history of providing educational and cultural programs to celebrate African American heritage, serving meals to individuals in need, and focusing on youth education and leadership development.  Crispus Attucks takes immense pride in its mission to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.

About Community Action Partnership

The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low income families move toward self-sufficiency. CAP’s service profile interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit