The 14th Annual Rosa Parks Breakfast will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 9 a.m. at Greater Mount Triumph Missionary Baptist Church.
The breakfast, sponsored by the Yellow Hats Society, is held annually to celebrate the contributions of Parks and other prominent African Americans to history. Parks was an American civil rights activist best known for her role in the Montgomery bus boycott.
On December 1, 1955, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake’s order to give up his seat to a white passenger in the colored section after the whites-only section had been filled.
Parks’ prominence in the community and his willingness to become a controversial figure inspired the black community to boycott Montgomery buses for more than a year, the civil rights movement’s first major direct action campaign after -war.
Breakfast coordinator Lillie Johnson said those in attendance should have proof of vaccinations upon entry. Anyone 60 and over is welcome as long as they are vaccinated, she said.
Johnson said masks are required at breakfast. Masks will be provided for those who don’t have them, she said.
The Rosa Parks Award, as well as the Trailblazer Award will also be presented, Johnson said.
Breakfast is free, Johnson said.
This year’s keynote speaker is the Mayor of the Town of Evergreen, Stanley Stallworth.
Stallworth is the Managing Partner of The Stallworth Legal Group LLC, a law firm providing a wide range of transactional advice to clients in a myriad of areas, including real estate and lending; and if offers targeted advice in limited litigation (including through affiliated law firms).
After graduating in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Stallworth joined the commercial real estate practice at Sidley Austin LLP, a global law firm in Chicago. He practiced there for 24 years.
Stallworth taught high school for two years in Conecuh County before returning to graduate school.
Stallworth’s practice is a general real estate practice and he has performed legal work for businesses of all sizes and in almost every aspect of real estate. His specialties are the areas of real estate acquisitions and disposals, construction and development of real estate, planning, design and development of cellular towers and network operations centers, and leasing of all types of properties. (both for tenants and owners). He has extensive experience in the field of commercial real estate loans. Currently, he does legal work for third party real estate owners and developers and for his own real estate development projects in Chicago and Alabama. His real estate development company is Stallworth Real Estate Development LLC, and he owns and operates The Brundidge of Bruner, a premier event space and bed and breakfast in Evergreen.
In his 31 years of practicing law, Stallworth has been a pioneer in the field of legal diversity and law firms. While at Sidley, Stallworth served as co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity Committee, creating innovative recruitment initiatives and retention programs for diverse lawyers. He remains a mentor to many law students and young lawyers.
Stallworth sits on numerous boards, including Bank of Evergreen and South Alabama Gas Co.
He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Stallworth is the proud father of two young sons, twins, Innis and Houston.