8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

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  • Presented By: YMCA - East
  • Dates: January 18, 2021
  • Location: Virtual - online
  • Phone: (515) 288-4742
  • Start/End Time: 8:00 AM
  • Price: Free (donations accepted to support learning programs)
  • Overview

    NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings will give the keynote address for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, a virtual gathering held by the John R. Grubb YMCA on Des Moines' east side. The event at 8 a.m. Monday is free, but donations will be accepted to support learning programs including Starfish Academy, a summer literacy camp, and to help local families in need of financial assistance. 

    WHO-TV 13 news anchor Jodi Long will be the program's emcee and will moderate a panel discussion by Justyn Lewis, founder and president of Des Moines Selma, a nonprofit that seeks to raise awareness of racial injustice; Kameron Middlebrooks, former Midwestern regional director of the NAACP; and Courageous Fire, leader of Courageous Fire LLC, a company focused on healing from domestic violence.

    The program also includes awards for local leaders and a 10 a.m.-noon Open Book event where community members can share their stories about inequality, injustice, bias and more. 

    For more information, visit or call 515-282-9622