St. Mary's College preps for annual MLK prayer breakfast

St. Mary’s City, MD- St. Mary’s College of Maryland will be hosting the 14th annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Monday, Jan. 15.

The breakfast begin at 6:30 a.m. and costs $10. The program begins at 8 a.m. and is free to the public.

The annual event draws in hundreds of Southern Marylanders, including government officials, religious leaders and business leaders. In years past, the day of reflection and remembrance has including activists, politicians, students, and performers.

The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Nandi Crosby-Jordan, class of 1991. Crosby-Jordan is a native of Baltimore and an alumnae of St. Mary’s College, earning a B.A. in psychology. Crosby-Jordan has a M.A. in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Georgia State University. Crosby-Jordan is a currently the chair of the sociology department at California State University, Chico.

Crosby-Jordan holds a joint appointment in sociology and multicultural and gender studies. She focuses on social inequality, including poverty, gangs, police brutality, feminism, racism and sexism, and gender politics.

In 2016, Crosby-Jordan was awarded the Chico State’s prestigious “Outstanding Teacher” award.

After the prayer breakfast, the Day of Service will continue with a panel discussion titled “The Color of Unity: Boldly Building Bridges Across Communities.”

The Day of Service will also include blood pressure screenings, a non-perishable food drive for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, a coat drive and a backpack giveaway for elementary and middle school students, and voter registration.

The prayer breakfast will be held in the J. Frank Raley, Great Room, 18952 E. Fisher Road.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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