Hundreds are expected to gather for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 a.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Together We Are” and tries to highlight all of the things we can be as a unified people.

The event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Collin College Board of Trustees and District President Dr. Neil Matkin.Co-chairs for the breakfast are longtime MLK Celebration Committee Member Evelyn McKnight and Collin College Trustee Adrian Rodriguez.

The annual event is a way to build fellowship, while reflecting on the words and deeds of Dr. King, a civil rights leader who helped inspire a nation riven by racial, cultural and economic strife. McKnight believes it will be a wonderful event.

“(The breakfast) is to remember Dr. King and his ideals of equality and also a way of coming together and building a stronger community,” Co-Chair Evelyn McKnight said. “We hope it’s a learning experience for all attendees.”

Attendees can expect a lively panel conversation, as well as student presentations on Dr. King’s life and work. The breakfast will include the awarding of four scholarships to deserving students from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship Fund.

The Leadership Breakfast is the first of a series of events planned for the following week. A full schedule follows:

Saturday, Jan. 16
8 a.m. – Power Leadership Breakfast, Spring Creek Campus Living Legend Conference Center. For more information, e-mail McKnight at Missevemcknigh@aol.com .
11 a.m. – Business and Information Fair, Spring Creek Campus Atrium. Representatives from more than 25 health, education and business organizations will be present. For more information, e-mail Terry Thomas at terri.t.thomas@gmail.com .

Sunday, Jan. 17
6 p.m. – MLK All-Community Choir: A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Chase Oaks Church, 281 Legacy Drive in Plano. The public is invited to join the choir. Rehearsal begins at 2:30 p.m. that day. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and is sponsored by the Plano Community Forum. Questions should be directed to Trish Patterson at MLKplano@yahoo.com .

Monday, Jan. 18
10:30 a.m. – Community Unity Walk: “Together We Are The Village,”
beginning at the DART Rail Parker Foard Station, 2600 Archerwood St., with staging beginning at 8:30 a.m. The walk will conclude at the City of Plano Municipal Building, 1520 K Ave. in Plano. For more information, e-mail Linda James at PlanoMLKwalk@gmail.com .

Thursday, Jan. 21
7 p.m. – Plano ISD MLK Tribute
at Williams High School, 1717 17th St. in Plano. The theme is “Making Your Mark” and the tribute will include students in a Parade of Nations, as well as performances of poetry and letters to Dr. King by elementary students. Contact Myrtle Hightower for more information at Planocharity@gmail.com .