Fayetteville Muslims Seek a Role in King Celebration Planning

January 12, 2006

Source: Fayettville Observer


On January 12, 2006 the Fayettville Observer reported, "Thirteen years ago, a small group met at the Four Flames restaurant one chilly January morning to prayerfully celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Much has changed since then: the size of the group, the meeting spot, certainly the diversity of those attending. And a group of Fayetteville Muslims would like to see next year’s breakfast branch out even more by including members of their faith in the planning. Doing so would mean a departure from the Christian-only organization... Since its inception, Fayetteville’s prayer breakfast for King has been organized by the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Ministerial Council, a Christian organization. Representatives from all faiths are invited to join in the annual celebration, which typically draws leading politicians and businessmen from the region... Council President John Johnson, long an advocate for 'expanding the diversity' of the breakfast, expressed surprise at the request but wasn’t averse to 'opening a dialogue with our Muslim friends.'"