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January 21, 2013

Interfaith breakfast at McFarlin honors legacy of Dr. King

NORMAN — A diverse crowd gathered Monday morning at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church for the fifth annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast.

The breakfast brought together Norman’s diverse faith communities and honored the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and the Norman Human Rights Commission hosted the program that featured speakers Lisa Eubanks, president of People First, and Linda Shannon, board member of Progressive Independence and CART.

“We come together for really three purposes today. We come to celebrate the importance of building a community at an individual level as we share breakfast and share conversation. Secondly, we are reminded that we as a community and as a nation always seek peace in the midst of strife and distress. And finally, we come together this morning as a celebration of our commitment to justice and inclusion in this generation and beyond,” Rosenthal said. “As I look out at this gathering it is particularly thrilling to see such a rich diversity of our community. Young and old. Black, brown, red and white. Christian, Muslim and Jew. Norman is indeed a wealthy community, and I don’t mean wealth in a material sense or in the terms of money or possessions, but rather wealthy in faith and the selflessness of individuals who step forward to serve this community and our nation.”

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