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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith posed for a photo with local scouts. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith posed for a photo with local scouts.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Hundreds of people honored and celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a breakfast in Tampa Monday morning.

The Tampa Organization for Black Affairs held the 34th annual event at the downtown Hilton. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other local politicians spoke at the event. The featured speaker was the Rev. Dr. Calvin R. Butts, III.

Perhaps one of the most popular guests was the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie Smith. It was his first official Tampa function. Smith talked about how his mom taught him at an early age never to use the word "can't."

"You need a reminder of where you've come from and a reminder of the sacrifices people made before you to put you in a position for you to accomplish your dreams," said Smith.

"Dr. King taught me about dreaming. Once you accomplish one dream, what you'll find out is there will be so many people there to help you accomplish another dream."

Raoul Thomas, is a member of the "Saturday Morning Breakfast Group". The organization of African American men meets with local politicians to discuss needs in the community. He brought his 6-year-old daughter to the event.

"She's asked me a number of questions about Martin Luther King," said Thomas.

"I said he is one of the best people America has produced. He fought for her going to the school she goes to."

Dr. King would have turned 85 on Jan. 15.


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