Saturday, Mt. Zion AME Zion Church will host the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast at the Marion Community Building.

The event honors the late activist and minister Martin Luther King Jr. for his work in the civil rights movement during the 1960s, but most importantly the prayer breakfast shows his message still lives on in the hearts and minds of people today.

The breakfast will be held at the Marion Community Building and is sponsored by the Mt. Zion AME Zion Church of Marion. The church’s MLK committee invited Asheville’s first African-American mayor Terry Bellamy to speak at the gathering. She served eight years as mayor.

“Our theme is ‘what have you done for your community?’ She has done so much for her community since she was mayor, and we thought she would be a great speaker for the event,” said committee member Barbara Stevenson.

Tickets for the breakfast are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The breakfast will be catered and includes eggs, bacon, sausage and all the fixings to go with it.

Several prayers from local ministers and community leaders will be given, as well as music from local singers.

Funds from the breakfast go to support the church’s community outreach ministry. For more information, and to get tickets, call 828-317-9729 or 828-724-4612.

Bio for keynote speaker Terry Bellamy

Terry Bellamy is a native of Asheville.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University. Bellamy was elected to the Asheville City Council in November 1999 and elected as the first African-American mayor in November of 2005. During her eight-year tenure as mayor, she shared her vision for a unified community that worked together to address challenges, and took advantage of opportunities for the future.  While Bellamy was in office, Asheville received accolades and recognitions too numerous to mention.  Prior to leaving office, Bellamy served as a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Land-of-Sky Regional Council and received the honor of being appointed to the 21st Century Transportation Committee by then Gov. Mike Easley and the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee by President Barack Obama.  Today, Bellamy currently serves as the Director of Communication for the Asheville Housing Authority, and is working towards her doctorate in education leadership at Western Carolina University.  She is married to her best friend, Lamont Bellamy, and is mother to two outstanding students, Seth and Imani Bellamy.