Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., the Black Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association of Boston College will be hosting the annual Unity Breakfast in order to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a program of song, speech, and conversation.
The Unity Breakfast began more than 25 years ago and gathers a diverse group of members from all across the Boston College community to “meet, greet, eat, and reflect on the words, work, and inspiration of Reverend King,” according to the event page.
The organization holding the event, BFSAA, advocates for, supports, accepts, and celebrates people of African descent in all levels of the Boston College community. This year, the BFSAA also co-hosted a Meet & Greet with Black Student Forum (BSF) and United Front (UF), two student organizations on campus, and have had the Montserrat Coalition, Center for Student Formation, and BAIC attend their monthly meetings to meet and discuss with other persons of color on campus.
The morning will begin with Fr. Cyril P. Opeil, S.J., an Associate Professor of the Physics Department, followed by Thomas Harwell, Co-Chair of BFSAA and Assistant Director of the Career Center, welcoming and introducing the event. BC’s Voices of Imani Gospel Choir will then perform for the guests.
Once breakfast is served, Cai Thomas, MCAS ‘16 and 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Recipient, will provide a reflection and will introduce the keynote speaker, Andrea Cabral Esq. A BC and Suffolk University Law School grad, Cabral served as Executive Secretary of Public Safety under Governor Deval Patrick, was an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, and served as one of 18 national experts appointed to the Science Advisory Board by US Attorney General Eric Holder. These are only a few of her many contributions.
Judy Moore, BFSAA and Academic Program Assistant in the School of Social Work, will deliver a presentation and then Minister Meyer Chambers, Campus Minister for Liturgical Arts, will lead the final musical selection of the morning.
Finally, Thomas Harwell will give closing remarks and Reverend Howard A. McLendon will perform the benediction.
It has been almost 53 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up in the shadow of Lincoln Memorial during the historic March on Washington and delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech to countless Americans both in the present and in the future.
“I hope that it will be a time to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and while many events over the course of the past year have shown that there is still a lot of work to be done with regards to race, we are not the same place we were 50 years ago,” reflects Thomas Harwell, “So, honoring his legacy, celebrating our past, and looking towards our future is what we hope will come out of this event.”