There is a saying, “Give someone their flowers while they’re still alive.” On January 11, 2024, Stark County had the privilege to welcome back, a brother, son, friend, and civil rights icon Rev. James Lawson to celebrate the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Mayors’ Breakfast.

Rev. Lawson’s message and timeless words of nonviolence and peace will hold a significant value in our Stark County community, and his words will be cherished and remembered by all. “

– K. Allison, Annual Mayors’ Breakfast Chair, MLK Jr. Commissioner