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More than a restaurant: Breakfast Klub reaches out to community, helps preserve history

More than a restaurant: Breakfast Klub reaches out to community, helps preserve history

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Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis with Majic 102's Nzinga Rideaux. Photo by Tyler Rudick
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Throughout Black History Month, Davis will be presenting a series of radio pieces on notable African-American Houstonians. Photo by Tyler Rudick
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Also this February, The Breakfast Klub is inviting its dedicated customers to contribute to the restaurant's display of positive written messages for the Houston community. Photo by Tyler Rudick
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Everyday, the The Breakfast Klub opens its doors with a healthy dose of positivity, busily greeting its devoted customers with lively inspirational music and warm greetings as the sun starts to rise.

But Wednesday morning the restaurant was even more effervescent than usual, as Breakfast Klub owner Marcus Davis joined Majic 102.1 and radio personality Nzinga Rideaux for a special on-air event to kick off Black History Month.

Davis will narrate a month-long series of short vignettes for the adult R&B radio station that celebrate some of Houston's most important African-American leaders. More than 20 local trailblazers will be featured, including civil rights activist Barbara Jordan, renowned artist John Biggers, musician Archie Bell and tennis champion Zina Garrison.

 "We celebrate Black History around here all year long because we never forget the achievements of those who have persevered before us," Davis said.

 Davis and Majic 102.1 plan to make the biographical series an annual event to honor those in the black community who have helped to shape the city's dynamic history.

Breakfast Klub staffers are also inviting members of the local community to submit written prayers and empowering messages to be posted on a display at the beloved breakfast hangout.

"We wanted to celebrate in a way that would have an positive impact on the city," Davis told CultureMap during the Wednesday event.

"I'm a believer in power of positivity and feel that prayer, whether religious or not, helps people maintain a mindset that makes good things happen in the community."

“We celebrate Black History around here all year long because we never forget the achievements of those who have persevered before us, paving the way, not only for our success, but also for the success of our children,” Davis said.

“That’s why it’s so important to keep the legacy of these outstanding pioneers alive by reminding Houstonians about what they contributed to this great city and to our culture."

In addition to operating The Breakfast Klub and sister cafe The Reggae Hut, Marcus Davis is a fixture on Majic 102.1's community talk program Sunday Morning Live. It airs every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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