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Freedom Breakfast features keynote from Atlanta pastor

Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock
The Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock

The Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will give the keynote address for the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast Jan. 13 at 7:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center.

Sponsored by UGA, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Clarke County School District, the MLK Freedom Breakfast commemorates the life of the late civil rights leader. This year’s theme is “The Power of the Dream: Inspiring a Nation from the Pulpit.”

“The university is extremely proud to host the Rev. Raphael Warnock for our Martin Luther King Jr. ­Freedom Breakfast,” said ­Michelle Garfield Cook, associate provost and chief diversity officer. “Rev. Warnock has an extensive history of being a strong community leader, and I look forward to hearing what he has to share with our community.”

Warnock has served the Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., since 2005. Since he arrived at Ebenezer, the church has added 3,000 members. Several new ministries-Worship on Wednesdays, EbenezerFest, Cutting Through Crisis, Faith & Fitness, Jericho Lounge, Young Adult Ministry and After Midnight-also have been launched. Warnock led the church through a fundraising campaign to build the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Complex.

Warnock received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College in 1991. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. Warnock also received a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degree in systemic theology from Union Theological Seminary.

Tickets are $25 and $200 for tables of eight. Tickets will not be sold the day of the event. Ticket information is online at