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A Rousing Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:29 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd tells Martin Luther King audience,
"Bring it on! We will not be silent!" In a rousing invitation to take to social media with #alllivesmatter, and #ourchildrenmatter, the Martin Luther King service keynote speaker prompted my thoughts of #healingtheshockwavesofabortion.

In a stirring day on of praise and worship to God, Elder Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King, supported by her aunts Christine King Farris, and Naomi Ruth Barber King; other members of the extended King Family Legacy, King Center Board and staff, elected officials, Civil Rights Movement Foot Soldiers, celebrities — as well as communities from around the world — gave glory to God and lifted up the name of Jesus at the annual Martin Luther King Commemorative Service today.

"Bring it on!" This was the challenge by Dr. Boyd, as she took a regal queen-like
stance, as she roared to the audience.

Long time anointed Psalmist Sandi Patti brought us to our feet and
tears to our eyes with her powerful rendition of  "How Great Thou Art." Mr. David Oyelowo who excellently portrayed Dr. King in Hollywood's "Selma", explained that God told him he would get the role.

Dr. Boyd affirmed Mr. Otelowo's award winning reenactment of Martin Luther King by saying, "no matter what the Oscars say," his pristine performance of Dr. King was exceptional.

Chief Executive Officer Bernice King honored her parent's brilliant vision of nonviolent
social change, mentoring and activating youth to be culturally aware and forgiving— which was stunningly revealed throughout the service, including a powerful rendition of Dr. King's 1965 speech directed by and led by his great niece (my cousin) Farris Christine Watkins.

The powerful liturgical dance, short and lengthy spoken tributes, rousing choral presentations, and so much more were shared. We the audience were captivated, on the edge of our seats throughout, only to be continually be brought to our feet in liberating bursts of joyful tears and jubilant applause.

A couple of times, I was standing in the wings doing interviews; boots
on the ground as it were. The last song, "We Shall Overcome," with Father
Frank Pavone as one of the song leaders, was of course soul stirring.

Everything was so empowering we barely noticed the clock as the
program spiraled past the allocated two hour mark. I almost missed my
flight to Iowa to join Concerned Women of America for a
Restore The Dream 2015 Rally.

I sped off to Washington, D.C. for the National Prayer Service, the March for Life,
and other Pro Life events. I'll be spending my birthday, Jan. 22, standing and praying for life from the road. Love and blessings to all — from the road.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.


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The powerful liturgical dance, short and lengthy spoken tributes, rousing choral presentations, and so much more were shared. We the audience were captivated.
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