The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Power Leadership Breakfast is planned for 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13 at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center. This annual celebration of Dr. King’s life and work is free and open to the public.

This year’s leadership breakfast theme is “Shades of Unity.” The breakfast will include presentations and student performances sharing Dr. King’s message with a special address by Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes.

Dr. Holmes is a well-known community leader who has served in the Texas House of Representatives and has been recognized as one of the Civil Rights Movement’s “Invisible Giants” by the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala. Dr. Holmes is the former senior pastor of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas and was the first African American to graduate from Southern Methodist University seminary. The author of three books, Dr. Holmes is also known for his role as narrator and host of the Disciple Bible Study video series produced by Abingdon Press.

“We are delighted to have such a distinguished keynote speaker as Dr. Zan Holmes,” said Power Breakfast Co-Chair Evelyn McKnight. “We know his message will be well received by all. This is an important time in our history for communities to be united.”

A Business and Information Expo will immediately follow the Power Leadership Breakfast in the Spring Creek Campus atrium. The public is invited to visit with local vendors and learn about local businesses in the health and education industries. Local businesses and nonprofit organizations may participate by signing up at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Other area celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work include:

• Taste of Talent, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at McCall Plaza, 998 E 15th St. in Plano. Enjoy live music and games in the arts district of downtown Plano. Local artists will have their work on display. It should be a great time for the entire family. Visit to share your talent.

• Come.Unity Night – “Shades of Unity,” 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14 at Chase Oaks Church, 281 Legacy Drive in Plano. Enjoy an evening of spoken word performances, music from the All City Choir, readings, prayer and messages from local pastors aimed at launching “a movement in the church where the diverse body of Christ seeks to make God's name famous by taking steps toward relationships, reconciliation and collaborative action.” Visit to be part of the community choir.

• Shades of Unity Walk, 8 a.m., Monday, Jan 15, beginning at the Parker Road DART Station, 2600 Archerwood St. in Plano. Take a morning walk in celebration of Dr. King and geared toward reaching the dream of unity. Staging will begin at 8 a.m. at the Parker Road DART Station and the walk will end at City Hall in downtown Plano.

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,200 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.