Dean Hill Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Anthony T. Bryant, hosted a community prayer breakfast in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This is an annual event sponsored by the Pruitt family and the theme this year was "Make Way for the King."
The celebration was well attended by members of the local faith community and area leaders to include Robert Tipton, Jr. (DeSoto County NAACP President), Thomas Plunkett (DeSoto County NAACP Immediate Past President), Leslie McLemore (City of Walls Alderman), Andrew Miller (City of Hernando Alderman), Charlie Reese (Director of Educational Activities, Sigma Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity), Arthur McLaurin (Chief Financial Officer, North Mississippi Cultural Foundation).
McLaurin commended the Dean Hill leadership and the Pruitt family for their unwavering annual commitment to ensuring the event remains available to the public.
In light of the theme and the many challenges that face communities across America, McLaurin went on to say, "My main takeaway today was that one must be actionable in our efforts daily to make way for what is right for our communities. It is more incumbent now than ever that elected and non-elected leaders at every level in any community make decisions and do what’s right by respecting the needs of people. Doing so demonstrates our humility for the moment and gives a people hope for the future."