What Does MLK Mean to You? [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

Attendees of Branford’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., breakfast remember the man who changed the world as well as beloved local influencer, the late Joseph Chandler.

was once again celebrated with a breakfast of delicious pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage at in on Monday. Proceeds from the breakfast benefited the ’s Fuel Assistance for the Elderly and the .

Not only was Dr. King recognized on this day for myriad of reasons, but so was the late Joseph Chandler who passed on Dec. 4, 2011.

Chandler was recognized by many in attendance as a man of integrity and character. Chandler was a lifelong Branford resident and a graduate of (’49). Chandler was the physical education supervisor until retirement in 1991 as well as the head basketball coach for the high school for 20 years and an assistant football coach. Chandler was inducted into the Cheshire and Branford sports hall of fames and the .

Rev. Dr. Eric Smith served as the keynote speaker of the event and he challenged attendees to continue the work of Dr. King and those like him, day in and day out. He brought up several issues of what he believed where injustices regarding officials in New Haven county and implored attendees not to turn a blind eye on those who seek to do good and who face trials along the way.

Before the Branford High School Music Makers treated the attendees to song, several people recognized Chandler for his work in the Branford and Cheshire communities.

In closing, Rev. Charles Woody of led the group in a benediction with a harmony of “Lift Every Voice.”

While guests dined on a hearty breakfast, we asked, “What does Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mean to you?” Add your opinion to the comments section. 

Andrew Kaplan January 17, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I was too young to be in D.C. for his momentous speech, but made certain I took my 12-year-old daughter to see the Obama inauguration. Yesterday I watched his "Dream" speech for perhaps the tenth time. They don't make men like Martin Luther King anymore. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
SolarPete January 17, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I remember Old Joe! He was a neighbor, a friend, and will be missed.
Debra Kay Levi January 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
to the Everybody Leader: Joe Chandler " a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus" Martin Luther King


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