The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast and Scholarship Awards Program, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023, is a shining example of what makes Decatur special. “This event is a snapshot of what our community represents,” says Murphy Brown, Executive Director of the Decatur Morgan County Minority Development Association (DMDA). “I think it’s a look at who we are as a community.”
Decades ago, minority community members identified an area of opportunity. In 1993, the DMDA was established to organize and provide leadership within the minority community of Morgan County. “The Association got started after we read an article in the paper talking about poor leadership coming from the minority community. Six of us thought we should address that issue and do something,” says Brown. By assembling an organization focused on collaboration and relationship building amongst the education sector, state and local government, corporations, civic groups, ministries, and non-profits, the DMDA was developing a roadmap to help community members reach their full potential.