On Monday, January 17, 2011, over 450 people joined Bone McAllester Norton at our tenth annual Fellowship Breakfast to celebrate the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The celebration was held at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville and featured the Fisk Jubilee Singers as our entertainment.
Bone McAllester Norton's annual Fellowship Breakfast is the firm's most honored tradition. We founded Bone McAllester Norton in 2002 as a new firm, to put into practice a set of core principles and values to which we are unfailingly committed. We adopted the phrase “Law – Life – Passion” as a shorthand way of expressing those principles. One value about which the firm is passionate is diversity. We believe that we have created a law firm that reflects the diversity of our clients – people of different idealistic, socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds - and which reflects the core commitments firm founders Charles W. Bone and Stacey A. Garrett made on the day the firm was created. Rather than simply closing our offices on the MLK holiday, we decided to honor Dr. King’s memory by inviting a few family members, friends and clients to join us for breakfast. We spend this time together to reflect upon Dr. King, his legacy, and the contributions he made to our world and to each of us personally.
This year, we were honored to have the two time Grammy-Nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers as our entertainment. In 1871, the original Jubilee Singers introduced "slave songs" to the world. Today, the Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world sharing this rich culture while preserving this unique music.
Following the Fisk Jubilee Singers, we opened the floor and encouraged comments by anyone who wished to talk about Dr. King's legacy. Previous Fellowship Breakfasts have featured prominent civil rights champions Dr. E. Rip Patton, Diane Nash, John Seigenthaler and Mike Cody.