Originally named the Bayard Rustin Breakfast, this important annual event was founded in 2002 in order to acknowledge the important contribution of black gay social activist Bayard Rustin to the community-driven struggle for Civil Rights. In addition, this event was used as a "gathering time" for the LGBT community to come together in fellowship, activity, and fun before participating in the annual MLK, Jr. Parade. It has offered free breakfast, lively conversation, community education, and motivation for ongoing participation in social justice issues in Atlanta and beyond. Over the years, this event has expanded in many ways, including most importantly the addition of Audre Lorde as a focal ancestor for the event. Now known as the Rustin/Lorde Annual Breakfast, the event brings together hundreds of local activist, scholars, community members and allies to honor the life and work of Audre Lorde and Bayard Rustin during the MLK celebration.