Mid-Missourians Honor MLK
As Mid-Missouri residents gathered to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, they focused on his message of peaceful action for racial justice and freedom.
"Dr. King's message is a Christian message," said Rev. Jim Gearhart of St. Marys Heath Center, "but it is a message that speaks to the heart of us as a nation."
Words and music resounded as church-goers prayed for strength to continue King's work.
"In some way or another, we'll be faced with decisions that we have to make," said Rev. Cornell Sudduth Jr. of Second Baptist Church. "And, so often, it doesn't have to do with legislation, but it just has to do with the daily things that happen in our lives."
Rev. Sudduth's message is one of action, where changes aren't just a dream, but instead, start today.
"Situations are happening before us on a daily basis where we're saying, 'We're looking forward to the year 2007,'" said Sudduth. "We have a plan that, in February of this year, 2006, that we're going to get some things done. But, what about Jan. 16?"
As the congregation stood to leave the church, organizers also want them to stand up to make a difference.
A reception after the celebration included singing "Happy Birthday" to King and eating cake in his honor.