Congregants join to mark MLK Day

Friday, January 14, 2011

Members and leaders of churches in Marshall County are invited to the Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Celebration Service on Monday night at the Liggett Street Church of God.

The program to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King will start at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the church at 834 Liggett St. Host Pastor Eddie Shirley and Pastor Herbert Johnson, the originator of the program, have invited more than 31 churches to the program.

The Generations, a four-generation family of gospel-singing, guitar-playing musicians from the Meharry Boulevard Church of God in Nashville, is to perform.

Elder Lewis Buchanan, also from Meharry Boulevard Church of God in Nashville, will be the guest speaker. The program's theme is "Make a Difference."

Speaking to his decision to organize a county-wide celebration on MLK Day, Pastor Johnson, leader of Greater First Baptist, said: "I realized that no churches observed Martin Luther King Day and felt a need to unite all of our churches on that day. My dream is to have many of the 31 churches in our county volunteer to host this event every year."

The highlight of the evening will be seven-year-old Garnett Hyde III reciting Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.