Marian University is hosting its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast this year on January 15th, 2024, from 7:30 – 8:30 am in the Stayer Center Dining room.  Marian will also have a Live Reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” which will take place later that day in Dorcas Chapel.

The keynote speaker for the Breakfast is Marian University senior, Kevin Simmons.  The Milwaukee native is a Management Information Systems Major with a Minor in Data Analytics. Simmons is a poet, a podcaster and an active member of Marian’s Business Club.  He also works at Marian’s Tech Hub, assisting fellow students, faculty or staff with computer or phone issues.  He is a recipient of a Wisconsin Grant and recently awarded the Marian Alumni Association Scholarship.  Growing up in Milwaukee, he was an active member of the Boys and Girls Club.

This year, the honoree for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award is Sara Krueger-Zuengler, a retired teacher and social activist.  Krueger-Zuengler is passionate about literacy, selecting books by authors of color and getting those books into the hands of children throughout the Fond du Lac community.  She is active with Ebony Vision, an organization in Fond du Lac dedicated to fostering a more inclusive community.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award seeks to recognize a person or group who has given of themselves to honor the legacy of Dr. King, and has gone above and beyond in the endeavors of equality, social justice and providing access to help others succeed.  In addition, this person or group has played an important role in the Fond du Lac and surrounding communities, through the services provided.

Individual tickets for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast are $15.  Tables of eight are $120.  Register online at:  For questions about the event or your reservation, please contact Brooke Spanbauer, Director of Special Events:

Last year was the initial year for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Live Reading” at Marian, where members of the Marian community and the Fond du Lac community gathered in Marian’s Dorcas Chapel, each reading a few lines from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”  The tradition continues this year with the reading of Dr. King’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”  The tentative scheduled time will be 12:15 to 12:45 pm.