Vernon Jordan on renewing hope - Photos

Vernon E. Jordan, a renowned civil rights leader, calls for renewed hope and meaningful action at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 19. The Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul hosted an official simultaneous breakfast and live broadcast of the celebration. (submitted photo)
Vernon E. Jordan, a renowned civil rights leader, calls for renewed hope and meaningful action at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center Jan. 19. The Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul hosted an official simultaneous breakfast and live broadcast of the celebration. (submitted photo)
Grammy award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams performed at the event. (submitted photo)
Grammy award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams performed at the event. (submitted photo)
A crowd gathered at Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul Jan. 19 for a simultaneous community breakfast and to watch the speeches during the event. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)
A crowd gathered at Faith United Methodist Church in West St. Paul Jan. 19 for a simultaneous community breakfast and to watch the speeches during the event. (Linda E. Andersen/Review)

Vernon Jordan on renewing hope

Vernon E. Jordan, renowned civil rights leader, presidential advisor, attorney and business leader, delivered the keynote address at the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday breakfast, with the theme “Infinite Hope, Meaningful Action.”

“Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at a tense moment in America,” Jordan said. “So on this day, we can talk about Martin’s courage, we can talk about his bravery, we can talk about his vision and his dream of an America in which black and white children stride arm in arm into a better future. But, we must also ask ourselves how he would react to the America we live in today.” He encouraged Americans to boldly answer King’s question, “Where do we go from here?”

Saying hope must be renewed to answer it, he added, “But hope alone moves no mountains. And that is where meaningful action must come in. The system today cries out for reform, but it also calls for wise actions and measured responses for change.”
 

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