Church celebrates life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Jan. 31, 2013
Wayne Dixon and the Northend Senior Center Harmonizers perform an inspiring gospel song. Photos contributed by Nancy Farooque. - Contributed Photo

The wisdom and teachings of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will not be soon forgotten, as members of Windsor’s Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Holy Zion Church of the Jubilee, as well as members of the community, gathered to celebrate the civil rights activist’s birthday on Jan 26. The moving ceremony commemorated his life through speeches about his beliefs and sermons, and celebrated it through traditional gospel and choir musical performances.

“To see so many people come out really speaks to the diversity in our community,” said Gladys Jackson, event coordinator. “I think that just the opportunity to come together is the highlight of the event. It would have been impossible for a black, a white and whatever other racial group to share moments like this. Martin Luther King’s whole idea of equality and his dream of one day children of all colors worshipping together, living together, playing together and sharing the American dream now belong to all of us; it’s an inclusive dream.”

The event got started with a moving interpretation of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by Holy Zion member Andrew Williams. Through his presentation, he expanded upon the famous speech, noting that everyone has dreams, and it’s our human nature to want to pursue them, adding that you are never too young or too old to go after those dreams. And King’s life was a perfect example of that, he said.

The celebration also featured a presentation from Glenn Taylor, a retired Somers prison warden, who shared his experiences of spending part of the 1960s at the predominantly black Morehouse College. He spoke about the extreme racial divide he experienced during the King years, as well as the civil tension that occurred in the South while so many protests were occurring.

Musical presentations by church families as well as Wayne Dixon and the Northend Senior Center Harmonizers provided an inspiring and uplifting tone to the event which Jackson said left the crowd jubilant. Event guests were also treated with a gift as they left the event - the Equal Justice Initiative’s History of Racial Injustice Calendar, which chronicles the major inequalities and economic injustices - in the hope of advancing the collective goal of equal justice for all.

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