Hundreds gathered in the Krannert Center Ballroom at Berry College this morning for the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Family Prayer Breakfast and were reminded today of the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday with the idea of seeing change.
The breakfast began with Julia Ward Howe's great song of progress "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and went through speaker after speaker who heralded a "coming change throughout America."
This is what King Commission of Rome and Northwest Georgia Chairman Alvin Jackson said he felt this morning at the breakfast.
I'm very energetic this morning," he said. "We see changes coming, and we see people starting to realize that even in this room today."
The breakfast celebrated the life of King through song, in-terpretive dance performed by Lovejoy Baptist Church danc-ers Bresha Askew and Kasmine Jackson, and by the words of Rev. Stephen Samuel, former Rome pastor who now preaches at Saint John Baptist Church in Gainesville.
But for those at the breakfast, they were thinking more of the upcoming future and less about the past.
"We're in for some great changes, not only for our country but for our community right here in Rome," Mary Pasley, who was one of the 425 people attending the breakfast, said. "But it's not going to be easy at all."
But for Jackson, he's hoping people left the breakfast today by remembering the legacy of King and all he worked for.
"We want to make sure that not just this weekend, but every day, we're practicing the teachings of Dr. King and live the way he wanted us to live," he said.