SCC to Host Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast and Community Celebrations | SCC

SCC to Host Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast and Community Celebrations

Published on Jan 9, 2020

The time is always right to do what is right.” This call to action by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be taken to heart by many in the coming days as Somerset Community College (SCC) and the community celebrate and remember the late civil rights leader’s birthday with three events.

The first event is the annual Unity Breakfast that will be held Friday, Jan 17 on SCC’s Somerset Campus in Meece Auditorium. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and the guest speaker will be Dr. Timothy Bernard Forde, Eastern Kentucky University Vice Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer.

Dr. Forde received his bachelor’s degree from Oakwood University, his Masters of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. His research interests include cultural competency and emerging instructional technologies.

SCC’s Director of Equity and Inclusion, Elaine Wilson, says the breakfast was started as a way to “bring people together in this community,” and that it has “expanded so much.” She noted that attendance at the event has been over 200 for each of the past few years.

The second event to honor Dr. King is the annual Community Celebration to be held Sunday, Jan. 19. The program will be held at First Baptist Church on North Main Street in Somerset and begins at 2 p.m.

Then, on Monday, Jan. 20, the Wayne County Unity Breakfast will celebrate and remember Dr. King. This event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Aspire Center, 90 Airport Road in Monticello.

Rev. Yusef Franklin will be the speaker at both the Community Celebration in Somerset and the Wayne County Unity Breakfast.

Rev. Franklin is pastor of the South Maple Street First Baptist Church in Somerset. An advocate for personal development, social justice and Christian learning, he is the author of “From the Penitentiary to the Pulpit.”

All three events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are requested for SCC’s Unity Breakfast. If you plan to attend or want more information, call Elaine Wilson at (606) 451-6915 or email her at

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