Talladega County Unity event set for Jan. 20
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed will speak at the breakfast. Reed was elected as in November 2012.
Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed will speak at the breakfast. Reed was elected as in November 2012.
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The legacy and history of the late Rev. Martin Luther King will be honored with a Unity Breakfast in Talladega Monday, Jan. 20 at Talladega’s Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. and all are invited to take part in the tribute.

The breakfast is hosted by members of the Talladega County Democratic Conference of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the Knoxville Improvement Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. along with a number of other supporting organizations.

Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church is located at 601 Scott Street in Talladega where the Rev. Anthony G. McKinney is pastor.

For this year’s tribute to King is themed “The MLK Day of Service,” and is a part of President Barack Obama’s national call to service, “United We Serve.”

“United We Serve” calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the most pressing problems facing the country.

The 2014 theme for the Unity Breakfast includes “Global Efforts to Achieve Social Justice, Human Rights and Liberation Through Non-violent Means.”

Those hosting the breakfast hope for the occasion to be one of “starting out a new year by making an impact in one’s community.”

The honorable Steven L. Reed, probate judge for Montgomery County, Alabama will deliver the message for the breakfast as keynote speaker.

Reed was elected as probate judge for Montgomery County in November, 2012.

He is a native of Montgomery where he attended school in the public school system, was active in sports and a participant in programs with the YWCA from early youth through his high school days.

He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.

Reed began his professional career as a financial analyst in the marketing performance department at American Airlines’ corporate headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is also a former managing partner of a national retail franchise.

After he made the decision to enter politics, Reed started a government relations firm to advocate issues before the Alabama Legislature. He later served as a senior aide to former Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr.

Reed’s community involvement began prior to taking public office while participating in mentoring programs and public school reading initiatives.

He serves on the board of directors for the Britton Avenue YWCA and is a past member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

Reed is also the moderator and past president of the Men’s Ministry for Community Congregational United Church of Christ and is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Reed and his wife, Tamika, are the parents of three children.

To reserve tickets for the MLK Unity Breakfast you may contact program chair Mary McGhee at 256-362-8474, Betty Pugh at 256-362-6378 or president, Eddie Tucker, at 256-761-9331.