Meridian – For the second year in a row, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships for Albert Owens Breakfast has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the recent surge in the number of cases.
According to the state’s website, as of January 4, the state’s total laboratory confirmed and probable cases totaled 554,812, including 496,935 confirmed cases and 57,877 probable cases. The Meriden Department of Health reported Jan. 3 that the city had 10,867 confirmed cases, putting it on red alert, the highest of the four levels set by the state for COVID-19 infection.
“I’ve spoken to Chairman Rodan Ray and she’s considering doing something later in the year,” said City Council member Michael Rudd, who serves on the board. “In the meantime, we are still raising money for scholarships, which we will be awarding again this year.”
Before the pandemic, iftar was a day for people in the area to come together and remember the lives of civil rights leaders and show support for outstanding students.
Breakfast was founded by Ray 35 years ago. While honoring King’s message, students are awarded their scholarships and awards and the keynote speaker delivers a message.
Owens was Meriden’s first director of human rights and one of the founders of the Meriden-Wallingford chapter of the NAACP.
“Once the school is cleared of large-scale events, we will reschedule,” Rudy said.
The money raised from the breakfast goes to scholarships for Meriden students who continue their higher education.
For more information on how to donate to a fundraiser, send an email to meridenmlkb Breakfast@gmail.com.
Another way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is at the Museum of American Art in New Britain, where you can enjoy free admission and art activities inspired by King. Registration is available on their website https://www.nbmaa.org/
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