In 2002, Craig Washington and Darlene Hudson conceived of the Breakfast as a fellowship space for LGBTQI people to enjoy before joining the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally on MLK, Jr. Day. The MLK, Jr. March planning committee was known as being very welcoming to LGBTQI marchers. The route of the March was organized to honor several movements such as labor, religious and faith-based institutions, schools and colleges The LGBTQI rights movement was eventually added to the roster at the intersection of Peachtree and Ellis Street. Craig and Darlene felt it was important particularly for Black LGBTQI community to appreciate the open embrace from this massive observance of Black liberation progress and struggle. For those of us who are Black and gay/transgender/lesbian or otherwise outside hetero location, being in the March is being openly affirmed in front of our extended family including those who may not be ready for our inclusion. In the words of our beloved Brother Outsider, Joseph Beam who once lamented, “I cannot go home as who I am”, when we walk/roll/strut /sashay in the March, “We are coming home with our heads held up high.”
Following the Breakfast, attendees are encouraged to proceed to the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally. We will gather at the designated line-up site on Peachtree and Ellis streets at 1:15 pm.
The March begins at Peachtree and Baker St (Xernona Clayton Way) and ends in front of the Martin Luther King Jr Center for Non-Violent Social Change at Auburn Ave and Jackson Ave. The Rally immediately follows the March. The Rally will feature several distinguished speakers and elected officials including the honorary LGBTQI marshal.