Bestselling author, director and poet Antwone Fisher will present the keynote address for Akron Urban League’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 16, 7:30 a.m., at 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
Fisher is an award-winning producer and screenwriter and the author of the bestselling memoir “Finding Fish” and “Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?” a collection of poetry.
In his moving, yet humorous keynote addresses, Fisher will share his conviction of the importance of facing challenges in life head-on and how to overcome or accept those challenges that one can not change. Fisher, who was born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother and at one point found himself homeless in Cleveland, overcame significant odds in his life. His keynote explains the significance of self reliance, literacy and building a life of consequence that improves oneself, the community and the society at large.
The theme of this year’s annual breakfast is “Overcoming in the 21st Century.” King demonstrated how to overcome in his lifetime and inspired others to continue no matter the odds.
Also at the event, Dr. Ronald J. Fowler, pastor Laureate of Arlington Church of God in Akron, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has held the position of Senior Pastor for 42-years. The Arlington Church of God parish has a membership of approximately 1100. Over the course of his life and career, Reverend Fowler has impacted thousands in the Greater Akron Region through education, spiritual guidance, and personal mentorship.
Cost of the breakfast event is $20 per seat. Proceeds benefit the Akron Urban League’s advocacy and community forums. Honorary co-chairs are Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and Akron Mayor Daniel M. Horrigan. This breakfast is an opportunity for all residents of Summit County to come together and share in Dr. King’s vision of a more just and equitable union.
To reserve a seat, visit www.akronurbanleague.org/events/mlk.