Crowd attends King breakfast in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has begun the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with about 2,400 people attending a breakfast in Birmingham.

The program for the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast has two images on the cover - one of King and the other of President-elect Barack Obama.

Retired Veterans Administration employee LaJune White has been attending the annual event since she moved to Birmingham in 1996.

She says there is more excitement this year because of Obama's inauguration on Tuesday. She cites that excitement as the reason the breakfast sold out.

Other events are planned around the state, including a march to the state Capitol in Montgomery on Monday afternoon.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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