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Unity Breakfast uplifting event for King birthday

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have no doubt been pleased had he been in the audience Monday morning at the Decatur-Morgan County Minority Development Association breakfast.

The annual Unity Breakfast that honors his birthday was soul food without calories. The father of the civil rights movement would have joined the chorus of quiet affirmations as 21-year-old Farrah Gray recounted his remarkable journey from a rat-infested housing project in Chicago to millionaire at 14.

He got there because he won the lottery that's more than a cashier's check. He believed in himself, and he worked hard. His empire started with him selling maple syrup from his grandmother's recipe. Today, it includes several businesses, including authoring the best-selling book, "Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out."

His message is simple: Find what you do best and do it. If you hate what you are presently doing, then do something else at which you are good. But believe in yourself. Work hard and with God's help you can be successful.

The speech was the perfect backdrop for the 18 college scholarships awarded on this King holiday and for the Humanitarian Awards that went to former Decatur Mayor Bill Dukes and long-time Morgan County Training School's Coach Walter Osborne for their positive impact on people's lives.

Books may be written about how Dr. King's dream hasn't been fulfilled, yet the Unity Breakfast this year strongly suggests that the nation is working in that direction.

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