ITHACA, N.Y. – As Martin Luther King Jr. Day nears, The Greater Ithaca Activities Center is preparing to kick off the weekend with their annual MLK breakfast on Saturday morning.

The breakfast will be accompanied by performances, presentations, awards, and speeches from GIAC participants and guests.

Among the awards given at the ceremony will be a moment to honor Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton. According to a statement on the events Facebook page, Lifton is being honored “for her years of commitment to helping GIAC fulfill its mission of fighting for social, economic, and racial justice.”

Each breakfast is accompanied by a theme based on a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. quote. Tompkins County Legislator and director of GIAC, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne said the theme of this year’s breakfast is based on the Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”

GIAC is welcoming Ithaca College’s recently elected president Shirley Collado as this year’s guest speaker at the event.

Collado, who was elected in February 2017, followed the retirement of Tom Rochon when several student protests broke out raising concern for representation of student minorities on the school’s campus.

Father Augustine Chumo, from Immaculate Conception Church, will also be at the event to give the meal blessing.

The breakfast will be held at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast will cost $4 for seniors and students, $5 for adults and $15 for a family of four to six.

Featured image taken at the 2017 MLK breakfast. 

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.