Bone McAllester Norton Honors MLK Day with 14th Annual Fellowship Breakfast Celebration

News Release

Monday – January 19, 2015

NASHVILLE – Today, Nashville law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC hosted its 14th annual Fellowship Breakfast honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Honoring Yesterday, Securing Tomorrow: Dr. King’s Legacy 2015.

“We’re honored to have so many in our community come out this morning and celebrate with us the life and work of Dr. King,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of the law firm. “It’s important to remember and to embrace Dr. King’s message, especially at a time of recent tensions.”

This year’s event included a special tribute to the late John Seigenthaler, and more than 500 people were in attendance this morning. A panel discussion focused on how Dr. King’s message is relative to us today. Stacey Garrett, chair of the board of directors at Bone McAllester Norton, moderated the discussion.

Panelist Bishop Joseph W. Walker III referenced Nashville being called the “It City,” but he said, “There are some pockets of our city that have yet to feel the ‘it.’”

He continued, “It’s about giving people opportunities to transform.” He said we have to address it in multiple areas of economics, education and mentoring.

“Every generation has challenges,” said Kasar Abdulla, Director of Community Relations, Valor Collegiate Academy, “and it’s how we approach these challenges that matters.”

“It takes courage,” Kasar added.

The conversation concluded with thoughts and comments from those in the audience.

Also on the program were members of the top-ranked KIPP Academy Nashville Choir, who gave an inspiring performance during the breakfast.

KIPP Academy is a charter school, and the Nashville performance choir has garnered local, regional and national acclaim, regularly winning exemplary status at local and regional festivals and has twice been selected to highlight student performances at the annual KIPP School Summit Gala.

The panelists included:

Bishop Joseph W. Walker III is pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville and the International Presiding Bishop-Elect in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.   Bishop Walker began his pastorate at Mt. Zion in 1992 with 175 members, and today the ministry has more than 29,000 members.  He is the author of nine books, the founder of the New Level Community Development Corporation and co-founder of the Drs. Joseph & Stephanie Walker Scholarship Fund.  In 2014, in the wake of the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Bishop Walker founded Nashville Unites.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University, a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Honorable Glenn Funk, District Attorney General of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, was named 2014 ‘Man of the Year’ by The Tennessee Tribune newspaper for his work toward enhancing diversity in the District Attorney’s Office.  He serves on the board of directors of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Leadership Council, the Rochelle Center, Room in the Inn and the Child Advocacy Center.

Sara E. Green is a community organizer hailing from New Orleans and has been a devoted volunteer with Cayce United.  Last summer, she volunteered more than 300 hours in a 10-week period as co-coordinator of the Cayce United Summer Youth Organizing Institute. In addition to her work with Cayce United, Green is also pursuing her Masters degree in Community Development and Divinity.

Kasar Abdulla, Director of Community Relations, Valor Collegiate Academy, is a native of Kurdistan of Iraq. She has been a Nashvillian for more than 17 years. Since experiencing life in a refugee camp with her family, she has been a long-time social-justice educator, advocate and organizer.  Abdulla has received numerous honors for her community activism in Nashville. Most recently, President Obama named her a "Champion of Change" in September 2013 for her work on immigrant integration in Tennessee. Abdulla has been featured in Nashville Public Television's "Next Door Neighbor," the Nashville Scene's "The People Issue 2010" and Splashlife magazine's "30 Under 30: Civic Leaders."


About Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

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