ATLANTA — The mayor of Atlanta, the governor of Georgia and Sen. Raphael Warnock will attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service Monday at the pastor’s former congregation, the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
The service at Ebenezer and other Martin Luther King Jr. Day-related events commemorate what would have been King’s 93rd birthday.
Monday’s 10 a.m. service will be broadcast live on television, as well as on Facebook, YouTube and thekingcenter.org.
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The Rev. Natosha Reid Rice and Pastor Sam Collier will preside at the service. This year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.
A pastor, civil rights leader and one of the world’s most beloved figures, King dedicated his life to achieving racial equality, a goal he said was inseparable from alleviating poverty and stopping war.
He uttered his historic phrase “I have a dream” while leading the 1963 March on Washington, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis while attending a strike by underpaid sanitation workers. He was 39 years old.
King’s example and insistence on nonviolent protest continues to influence many social activists.
Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?
Martin Luther King Jr., was born in Atlanta in the year 1929, as mentioned in the online biographical encyclopedia “Briographies and life”, was an American Baptist pastor, defender of civil rights.
Since 1955, the long struggle of black Americans to achieve full rights has seen an acceleration in whose leadership the young pastor Martin Luther King would soon stand out.
His nonviolent action, inspired by the example of Gandhi, mobilized a growing portion of the African-American community, culminating in the summer of 1963 in the historic March on Washington, which brought together 250,000 protesters.
There, at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King delivered the most famous and moving of his splendid speeches, known for the formula that spearheaded the vision of a just world: I have a dream.
Despite the arrests and police or racist attacks, the movement for civil equality was starting court rulings and legislative decisions against racial segregation, and obtained the endorsement of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to King in 1964.
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Unfortunately, a fateful fate seems to drag the apostles of non-violence: like his teacher Gandhi, Martin Luther King was assassinated four years later.
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