“Spiritual people throughout the ages were always those who were called to speak out about things that just weren't right,” Batchelder said.
Music and prayers from several metro-area clergy leaders were interspersed throughout the event. The theme was “The Wisdom of Peace.”
The Rev. Puong Ong Lau, with the Edmond Chinese International United Methodist Church, spoke of King's legacy — his leadership during the civil rights movement and his teachings of nonviolence.
“We are all children of the most high God, and we are to treat each other that way, the way Dr. King taught us to live among each other,” Lau said in his prayer.
The Rev. Charles Richmond, with Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, also led a prayer.
“We ask that you help us, O God, to fulfill the dreams of this great man, for Lord, there are great works among your people today,” he said.
Meanwhile, the breakfast committee presented its Clara Luper Community Service Award to the Rev. George E. Young Sr., pastor of Holy Temple Baptist Church.
The Rev. Thelma Chambers-Young accepted the award on her husband's behalf.