America’s Sunday Supper Cooks Up Enlightening Conversation

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More than 150 people from Atlanta and all over the country gathered for America’s Sunday Supper at Paschal’s, a historic Atlanta restaurant that fed the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ambassador Andrew Young and Aretha Franklin. Over fried chicken and collard greens, people discussed the role of the church in building faith and volunteerism and the role of volunteerism in solving tough community problems.

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America’s Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to dine together, discuss issues that affect their communities and highlight the power each of us has to make a difference.

Neil Bush, chair of Points of Light’s board, praised the Sunday Supper gathering, saying it united people across the divides of race and politics to discuss the critical issues of the day.

“I parked my family identity at the door,” he said. “I came in here as a person on a mission – to see that our country grows the ranks of those who serve others.”

Willy Leventhal, a civil rights movement veteran and author of “The Scope of Freedom,” praised the intent of Sunday Suppers by quoting Dr. King: “Like life, racial understanding is not something that we find but something that we must create.”

Bernice King, CEO of The King Center and Dr. King’s daughter, spoke about the importance of education to the ongoing struggle for civil rights and the need to truly hear the voices of young people.

“Dad used to say that violence is the language of the unheard,” she said. “We’ve got to find a way to make young people a part of today’s struggle. What they say has to be taken seriously and be a significant part of the solution.”