Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration


The Akron Urban League is pleased to present its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with honorary co-chairs Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and City of Akron Mayor, Daniel M. Horrigan. This breakfast is an opportunity for all residents of Summit County to come together and share in Dr. King’s vision of a more just and equitable union.

The theme of this year’s breakfast is ‘Overcoming in the 21st Century’. Dr. King demonstrated how to overcome in his lifetime and inspired us to continue no matter the odds. It is our goal that you will be inspired by this celebration and join us as we continue to challenge ourselves and others to change any tides of trouble into waves of hope by working together to eliminate the disparities in health, education and employment.

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker will be bestselling author, director, screenwriter and poet, Antwone Fisher.
Fisher is the author of the bestselling memoir “Finding Fish” and “Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?”, a collection of poetry.

In his moving, yet humorous keynote addresses, Fisher shares his conviction of the importance of facing challenges in life head on and how to overcome or accept those challenges that you can not change. He explains the significance of self reliance, literacy, and building a life of consequence that improves oneself, the community and the society at large

We will also honor Rev. Ronald J. Fowler with our inaugural lifetime achievement award. Fowler is the Pastor Laureate of Arlington Church of God in Akron, Ohio. He has held the position of Senior Pastor for 42-years. The Arlington Church of God parish has a membership of approximately 1100. Over the course of his life and career, Reverend Fowler has impacted thousands in the Greater Akron Region through education, spiritual guidance, and personal mentorship.

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