Local pastors pray for unity at the town’s annual MLK Jr. Holiday Breakfast Messages
ENID, Oklahoma – Heads bowed Saturday morning as attendees at Enid’s annual breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. were asked to pray for unity in the city and nation.
Taking a page from their own Sunday services, clergymen of diverse racial backgrounds from half a dozen Christian parishes in Enid led morning prayers at the Central Assembly Church of God.
Norris Williams, pastor of the Grayson Missionary Baptist Church, asked God to unite Enid in his government, churches, and city in honor of the legacy of Rev. King, who was a pastor of an Atlanta Baptist church.
“We come from different religions, we come from different races, we come from different backgrounds … and yet you brought us together of your own accord, and we thank you for it,” Williams said in his sermon. “We pray today, Father, for unity. Lord, you left us with this one commandment that we love each other. And Lord, when we have unity and love, we have everything we need. “
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission selected We Are America as the theme of this year’s celebrations.
“Our goal is to come together and show that we are a united front, and I believe that is the goal of the gospel,” said Bradley Barrick, chairman of the MLC commission. “As Christians, our faith is inclusive for everyone and we want people in this community and our city to feel the same as everyone else.”
The deputy chief of operations at Vance Air Force Base, the main speaker that morning, quoted King as saying, in his famous 1963 letter from Birmingham Jail, “but was the thermostat that changed society’s morale.”
Major Ian Hocking also said he knew many people, including from his own younger generation, who wanted to get rid of “this American way of life”.
“It’s easy to be dissatisfied when we don’t feel like our life, family, neighborhood, or community is enjoying the benefits of the American Promise,” he said. “And although a dream can seem like a nightmare, as Martin Luther King once put it, it’s still worth striving for.”
The prayer breakfast serves as the starting point for the city’s public holiday commission, which annually celebrates the federal holiday, which celebrates the king’s birthday.
This year’s nationally recognized MLK Jr. Day takes place on January 17th, two days after King’s actual birthday.
Next Saturday there will be a march in honor of the late civil rights leader who is known as the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference today for spearheading protests in the south against overt racial and social injustices such as racial segregation and labor exploitation in the 50s and 60s Years.
The 11-strong Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enid City Vacation Commission wants young people to consider the climate of their school, community, and nation as they participate in the letter contest as part of the city’s long-standing celebration.
In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize before he was murdered in 1968.
The walking tour begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Stride Bank Center, followed by a ceremony at 2 p.m. The free program and dinner start inside with inspiring speakers, music, and competitions and awards for diversity. The event center provides catering.