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MLK Association of Asheville
"Our LIVES Begin To End The Day
We Become SILENT About Things That MATTER"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prayer Breakfast


Our annual Prayer Breakfast brings approximately 1,100 diverse citizens and community leaders together.

Saturday, January 14, 2023,  8:00 AM
Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr, Asheville, NC 28806

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Mayor Preston Blakely – After graduating from Asheville High School, Mayor Blakely received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and African American/ African diaspora studies from University of North Carolina Greensboro. He then received a master of public affairs degree from Western Carolina University. Mayor Blakely was sworn in as a member of the Fletcher City Council in 2019. Two years later he was sworn in as the mayor of Fletcher, NC in December 2021 at the age of 27. Mr. Blakely is the youngest individual to ever hold that elected position. Blakely is a manager with Quality Janitorial Group, a family-owned business.
Andrew Aydin –Mr. Aydin is a best-selling author who has received multiple awards as the creator and co-author of the graphic memoir series, MARCH and RUN, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Mr. Aydin served on the staff of the late Rep. John Lewis starting in 2007. A native of Atlanta, Mr. Aydin went on to earn a bachelor of art degree from Trinity College and a master of public policy degree from Georgetown University. Mr. Aydin frequently lectures at schools and universities, as well as participating in reading programs with incarcerated youth.

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Jan 14 2023


8:00 am


Crowne Plaza Resort
1 Resort Dr, Asheville, NC 28806
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"The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Asheville and Buncombe County is part of the community, and our community is a diverse gathering of people who all are affected by gun violence and the trauma it creates. Gun violence does not have a regard for race, age or gender. It's a community issue, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association will listen, work and contribute to the efforts of those individuals and organizations that have led in wrestling with this issue over a long period of time. We can all work together to make a difference in our community."

-Dr. Oralene Graves Simmons, President,
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Asheville & Buncombe County