Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are a few celebrations of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday that are both local or involve those of us who are local that are interesting and noteworthy.

The African-American Pastor's Coalition will host it's annual Martin Luther King Day worship service at 11 A.M. at the Christian Chapel 'Temple of Faith' CME Church at 14120 Noel Rd. in Dallas. 


The theme of the service is 'Breaking the Chain:  With our Voice, Our Vote and Victory' and the guest speaker will be Dr. William Watley,  Senior Pastor of Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta, GA.


Later that day at 7 P.M,, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, will host it's 7th Annual MLK, Jr. Symposium, featuring Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration and the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Individual Reporting. The symposium will be held at the  AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House 


"The Warmth of Other Suns", dramatically chronicles one of the untold stories of American history: the "great migration" of black citizens who fled the South and Jim Crow laws from 1915 to 1970 in search of a better life. 


And finally, Dallas' Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor of the Friendship-West Baptist Church, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Commemorative Martin Luther King Day service at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta, GA. The service will be broadcast live on WAGA-TV/Fox-5


And to top it all off, you can read my column in this morning's Dallas Morning News about how we really be doing to realize the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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