But for some, this upcoming Monday morning is not for hitting the snooze button, but for celebrating a culture and honoring a legacy.
On Jan. 18, the Black Student Unions from Tracy’s high schools will host the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Tracy Community Center.
This year, the Tracy tradition honors King — the renowned activist, speaker and minister who was assassinated 42 years ago — three days after what would have been his 81st birthday.
The celebration usually draws about 200 from the community for a feast of bacon, eggs, grits and biscuits.
Students from Kimball, Stein, Tracy and West High schools will sing, share poems and recite King’s speeches.
Shirley Everett, Stanford University’s senior associate vice provost for residential and dining enterprises, is the guest speaker.
Everett, who lives in Tracy, will speak on this year’s theme, “Strive for Greatness.”
The Tracy African American Association will honor member Mishelle Neverson with the MLK Image Award.
Neverson works tirelessly to chair the group’s Juneteenth Festival, while being a parent, working full-time in the Bay Area and studying for an MBA, according to the group’s president, Howard Baker Jr.
Lesley Jenkins, president of West High School’s Black Student Union, said it’s important to give respect to a civil rights leader who opened countless doors.
Jenkins, a sophomore, said the group’s 35 students do community service and attend conferences with other Black Student Unions in the state.
At a glance
• WHAT: 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
• WHEN: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Monday
• WHERE: Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.
• COST: $8 at the door
• INFO: Audrey Harrison, 830-3370, ext. 2010