The YMCA of San Diego County is delighted to announce the 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast on Fri., Jan. 14, 2011, 6:30 a.m. at the Town & Country Resort Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108. Tickets are $40.

This milestone YMCA of San Diego County event will be highlighted by keynote speaker, Rev. Calvin S. Morris, Ph.D. who serves as Executive Director of the Community Renewal Society, a faith-based social justice advocacy organization in Chicago focusing on issues of race and poverty.

A civil rights and human rights activist, Rev. Calvin S. Morris worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., serving as Associate Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Operation BreadBasket (now Operation PUSH) in Chicago, under the leadership of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., from 1967-71. He was Executive Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, founded by Mrs. Coretta Scott King soon after her husband's assassination, from 1973-76. He also was a university school professor and theological dean from 1976-1998.

The breakfast will not only memorialize and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King; it will also recognize community leaders of the past, present and future including this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award winner.

This award is given each year to a person who most exemplifies the work and character of Dr. King. The honorees of the past 20 years encompass outstanding qualities of volunteerism, philanthropy and activism in the San Diego community.

All proceeds benefit the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA that serves an ethnically diverse community of over a quarter of a million people.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 619-264-0144 x 104 or visiting the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, 151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102. Event sponsorships are still available.

Focused on strengthening the foundations of our community, the YMCA of San Diego County is the second largest YMCA in the nation serving one in ten San Diego County residents and employing more than 4,000 people. Through a variety of programs and services intent on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The YMCA is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body. Visit to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292-9622.