Carroll received the 2015 Human Dignity Award at the 7 a.m. event at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley. The award recognizes people who make a difference in the community, according to the YMCA.
Carroll and district officials will take part in other events over the three-day weekend to honor King, including a parade Sunday afternoon in downtown San Diego. Carroll was a parade grand marshal last year.
“These events in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s honor enable all of us to witness and to demonstrate our own commitment, individually and collectively, to the humane causes that were espoused by this great civil rights leader, preacher, and educator,'' Carroll said.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not just a hero of the African American civil rights movement -- he was and is the hero of the broader movement to provide opportunity, dignity, equal rights, peace, and fulfillment for all people irrespective of their heritage, background, beliefs, or economic condition.
The YMCA breakfast also featured a conversation with two of San Diego's longtime civil rights leaders, the Rev. George Walker Smith and Leon Williams, which will be moderated by John Warren of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint newspaper.
Around 1,200 attendees were expected at the event.