A spiritual celebration to honor MLK

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January 17th, 2011

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By Angel Martin, KVNO News

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)

Omaha, NE – Many people unite on MLK Day to celebrate the life and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leaders who advocated peace and equality for all Americans.

On Sunday, January 16th, hundreds of people gathered at the Salem Baptist Church in North Omaha, for a spiritual celebration to honor Dr. King. The program included prayers for unity in the community, and several gospel songs by a city-wide choir, including,  the cultural anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, “He Shall Purify Me”, and “I Have No Doubt”.

A Negro spiritual “Motherless Child” was also presented under the direction of Frederic McCullough.  He said Dr. King’s faith and work as a human and civil rights advocate lives on through the music. McCullough, the senior pastor of St. John A&E church also said Dr. King wanted equality for all.

“We need to learn how to respect each other culturally,” he said. “So our emphasis should be about changing our way of thinking and embracing those who are not like us. We should also remember that civil rights are not just for black folks, but for all folks.”

The program ended with a gospel sermon by Rev. Dr. Wendell Mapson, Jr. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Metropolitan Omaha also known as IMA hosted this event. Mapson was also the keynote speaker for the annual IMA Unity Luncheon held on MLK Day at the Qwest Center.

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