The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast is Des Moines’ signature event celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and promoting his message of peace, justice and opportunity. More than 800 leaders representing business, government, education and nonprofit organizations are expected to attend. Proceeds from the event benefit the John R. Grubb Community YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which provides local families with access to the Y through financial assistance and supports enrichment programs such as Starfish Academy, a summer literacy camp.
The theme of this year’s Prayer Breakfast is “Together Toward Tomorrow,” reflecting the need for the Des Moines community to break down the barriers preventing all residents from participating fully in the city’s growth and prosperity. Highlights of the event will include a video presentation, a performance by Roosevelt High School’s Bridges 2 Harmony gospel choir, and the presentation of the Make-A-Difference Awards to the following individuals:
Legacy Award: Linda Carter Lewis, community activist
Adult Award: Joshua Barr, DM Civil and Human Rights Commission
Youth Award: Nya Bottley, Valley High School
Following the breakfast, high school students from throughout the community will take part in a Youth Summit to develop skills that will prepare them to become citizens actively engaged in the process of building a stronger and more inclusive community. Staff and volunteers from the YMCA have organized the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, with a goal of contributing 175 hours of community service in honor of the Y’s 175th anniversary year.
Special thanks go to MidAmerican Energy Company, our Make-A-Difference Champion sponsor, and I-Have-A-Dream Champion sponsors Bankers Trust, DMACC, Drake University and Nationwide, for making our 7th annual Prayer Breakfast possible.