2019-01-10 / Front Page

Dr. McElrath will be guest speaker at MLK birthday observance Sunday

Lincoln County community is invited to the annual “Birthday Observance” for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which is scheduled for 3 p.m., on Sunday, January 13, at First Baptist Church.

The guest speaker for the occa­sion is Reverend Dr. Anthoni D. McElrath, senior pastor of Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga.

Mr. Marcus E. Mason, retired Army paratrooper, is set to preside over the program, and a prelude will be given by Jeremy Latimer.

Mrs. Darlene Murray-Hite of Ebenezer Baptist Church will pro­vide an introduction of the speak­er.

The invocation will be given by Rev. Larry Fryer, pastor of Mul­berry C.M.E. Church.

Greetings will be given by Walker T. Norman, chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Com­missioners; Henry Brown, mayor of the City of Lincolnton; and Dr. Samuel Light, superintendent of Lincoln County School System.

The birthday observance will feature a Litany of Commemora­tion led by MaKayla Benning, a se­nior at LCHS, and Jaquise Royster, also a senior at LCHS.

The Lincoln County Elementary School choir will perform a mini- concert, led by Jason Bonds.

A “love offering” will be taken by Kenneth Elam, president of the Lincoln County NAACP, and Bar­ry Norman, president of the Twi­light Improvement Association, with an offertory prayer spoken by Rev. Lanis Lewis, pastor of First Assembly of God.

The event is set to feature the songs of worship, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and “He Shall Overcome,” which welcomes audi­ence participation.

Rev. Dennis J. Quinn, pastor of First Baptist Church will lead the benediction.

According to the observance program, “Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals.”

As he once said, “everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” and the King Day of Ser­vice honors that legacy by seeking to transform the holiday from sim­ply a day off from school or work for millions of Americans, to a day “on” that could be a day of commu­nity service that strengthens com­munities, empowers individuals, bridges social barriers, and moves people closer to the “beloved com­munity” toward which Dr. King strived.

As King further rallied in his iconic speech given in August of 1963, during the march on Washington, “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

“This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our na¬tion into a beautiful symphony of broth­erhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray to­gether, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for free­dom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

The event is being sponsored by the Lincoln County Branch of the NAACP and the Twilight Improve­ment Association, Inc. (TIA).

The First Baptist Church of Lin­colnton is located at 154 First Bap­tist Street.

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