2024 MLK Free Community Breakfast Update


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Martin Luther King Jr.

The MLK Free Community Breakfast was the reason AALO was created. In 2008 Bob Winn, Yodit Abraha, and Marlene Rowlett decided to create an event that would bring together the African American community in the San Fernando Valley.

At that point, there was no large organized celebration for the Dr. King holiday in the SFV. These co-founders organized volunteers and asked local African American churches to help sponsor the event. The result was an astounding success with 600 people attending the event. And they say the rest is history. The MLK Free Community Breakfast is the largest MLK celebration in the SFV. The event attracts hundreds of community members, great guest speakers, influential policymakers, and talented performers. 

MLK Free Community Breakfast

Event Details

  • The 1st MLK Community Breakfast took place in 2008.
  • The event was the first organized celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. in the San Fernando Valley.
  • Mayor Garcetti along with other notable elected officials are yearly attendees. 

"I just want to do God's will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land."

Martin Luther King Jr.