Today Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Would have been 90 years old.
Here are some MLK,Jr questions for you and your circle of influence:
How will you celebrate his birthday today or next Monday, January 21, the day the King National Holiday is celebrated?
Will you attend the Annual Program at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as Co-Pastor and his father served as Pastor?
Will you participate in a MLKJr Day of Service?
Will you attend one of the many marches or other celebrations across the region?
Will you take time to learn more about MLKing,Jr with your circle of friends and family?
Will you read one of the many books about him?
Will you read one of his speeches (google Dr. MLKing, Jr. speeches) other than his “I Have A Dream Speech”? Or, watch any of his less famous, yet just as important, speeches or interviews online?
To study King, his life and works will amaze you. He was a brilliant visionary. You will find that many of his speeches, letters and other works seem timeless. Some of them are still appropriate today…in 2019.
How do you believe things might be different if he were still alive?
What things did he envision during his lifetime do you believe still need to be fulfilled?
As Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church of Martin Luther King, Sr. and Martin Luther King. Jr., it is expected that they stay entrenched in the foundational issues that are key to achieving social justice.
All across the country, there are events and service projects to celebrate the M.L. King, Jr. three day weekend. Among those celebrations were words to depict how Dr. King’s dream is still needed in today’s political climate. These words were from remarks made by San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who is visiting Atlanta this weekend.
In her emotional remarks today at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mayor Cruz described how difficult it is for Puerto Rican residents to function without electricity/lights for over 100 days and how devastating it is for even those who need chemotherapy, dialysis, or other critical medicine or medical care.
Nonetheless, the resilience of the people is remarkable. She went on to say they really ‘need more than paper towels thrown at them…we are all brothers and sisters who need each other to survive natural disasters and the challenging aftermath’.
Pastor Warnock’s “off the chain” sermon was entitled, “In Times Like These”. He told us in his usual picturesque, intellectual and prophetic tone said “There is too much division or not enough vision. Don’t let politics get on the way of vision. Warnock spoke of the “volcanic eruption of hate speech from the White House… Then the ‘same dude’ issued a proclamation for Dr. MLKing Jr. without an apology, so that’s hypocrisy MLKing Jr. And, he gave us a call to action to do three things to get out of this situation:
1) Listen for the call
2) Lift up the call
3) Live in the commitment
For details and to get the entire powerful sermon on DVD or CD, visit ebenezeratl.org or call (404) 688-7300.
Tomorrow’s M.L. King Jr. Day festivities include:
1) the King Annual program with international social justice speakers at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 10am on Monday, January 15, the King National Holiday,
2) The MLKing Jr. Parade that steps off in front of the church right after the King program about 1:30pm.
In the above photo, left, Ebenezer Pastor Raphael G. Warnock looks on as Mayor Cruz gives remarks to the capacity crowd at the 11:30am service.
Pastor Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church recognizes the first Sunday in December as World AIDS Sunday. So, today inspire the congregation to get tested and know their status, the church had FREE HIV testing after church today.
And, Pastor Warnock told us he would be the first in line and invited us to join him. It was a quick HIV test that gave everyone their results within minutes. And, yes. I joined our members and got an HIV test.
Have you ever had an HIV test? If not, please get one soon so you will know your status. Encourage your circle of friends to do the same.
With early detection, you can get treated and live beyond your diagnosis without it being a death sentence. More information and current facts about HIV and AIDS visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website at:
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Actor Louis Gossett, Jr. takes a moment to pose with Barbara Smith and I before church service today at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The eighty-one year old looks great and is very humble. We appreciate him taking the time to talk and take photos.
He is known for numerous movies that include A Raisin in the Sun, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Why Did I Get Married Too? His television appearances include the ABC mini series Roots (1977), Touched By An Angel (1997), The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Madam Secretary (2014), The Book of Negroes (2015), and The Good Fight (2017).
Mr. Gossett, Jr.’s numerous awards include: an Emmy, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an NAACP Image Award.
He is also a prostate cancer survivor.