Each year, Americans sets aside a day to remember a giant of our Nation’s history and a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement.
During his lifelong struggle for justice and equality, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, offered a redemptive path for oppressed and oppressors alike, and led a Nation to the mountaintop.
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 3:30 PM the MLK committee invites the community of El Paso to join a celebration of the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will remember the courage and honor the legacy of hope that changed the mindset of a nation.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Where Do We Go From Here?” The celebration will take place at 7801 Phoenix Avenue at the Community Baptist Church.
Bishop Harrison Johnson, President of the MLK Committee and Senior Pastor of Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church, El Paso, says, “Our journey is not complete, but by volunteering our time and energy to support in honor of this spirit, together we can build a stronger, healthier, more resilient El Paso. There is power in connection, we are better when we come together”.
This year’s commemorative day keynote speaker will be Bishop Lester L. Williams, Senior Pastor of Community Church of Christ International, Jamaica, New York. Our guest speaker serves as a prominent activist in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice at home and abroad and will share his “voice of reason” as he offers a vision for the future journey of the El Paso Community.
During this year’s celebration, in addition to the keynote speaker, Bishop Williams, participation from El Paso’s own Irvin High School JROTC Color Guards will be conducting the presentation of colors and the National Anthem. There will also be a musical celebration with a variety of special guest psalmists from around the city and surrounding areas as well as featured selections by the El Paso Mass Choir.
This celebration will also highlight African Americans in the community who serve diligently and tirelessly in carrying out the mandate to work for the common good in the areas of education, health and law for the betterment of establishing a more progressive society.
Officials with the MLK Committee say they are “encouraging the entire community to use this opportunity to help establish a lasting and living community of peace, equality and justice for all.”
This year’s 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will bring together leaders from all over the city to celebrate the great victories, new opportunities and a fair and free America, not only for African Americans, but for us all.
Behind the bars of a Birmingham jail cell, he reminded us that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” On a hot summer day, under the shadow of the Great Emancipator, he challenged America to make good on its founding promise, and he called on every lover of freedom to walk alongside their brothers and sisters.