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Tuscaloosa begins Unity Day events with Unity Day Breakfast

2016 Unity Day Breakfast, Beulah Baptist Church. (Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC) 2016 Unity Day Breakfast, Beulah Baptist Church. (Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC)
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Monday morning, Tuscaloosa began a day of Unity Day events, marking the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a Unity Day Breakfast.

Dozens of community and elected leaders, as well as citizens, attended the breakfast at Beulah Baptist Church. Rev. Tyshawn Gardner, President of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, spoke to the group on Tuscaloosa's ability to overcome challenges, including violence, poverty and division.

Gardner also noted recent acts of violence in Tuscaloosa and said he wants young people to understand Dr. King's commitment to non-violence. "It's sort of ironic and maybe a little unfortunate, that we're celebrating a man today that stood for non-violence, on the cusp of so much violence in our city, Gardner said.

"We need to do a better job at getting that message out to our young people, that there is hope, and then we need to do what we can do, to make sure that that hope is realized."

Other Unity Day events in Tuscaloosa include a march from Foster Auditorium at The University of Alabama to Tuscaloosa City Hall, beginning at 11:30 a.m, and a mass rally at First African Baptist Church at 6 p.m. First African Baptist Church is located at 2621 Stillman Blvd in Tuscaloosa.

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