NEWGRACENEWS.COM CHURCH CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY

 

by Sienna Jennings

To celebrate black history month, New Grace’s Antioch Baptist Church presented a program honoring the memory and accomplishments of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.  The packed audience was treated a video montage and oral history presented by Pastor Theodore Mathias.  This journey began with Dr. King’s days as the Pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church through Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, the signing of the Civil and Voting Rights in 1965 at the White House.  We saw highlights of the peaceful sit-ins and marches and the ensuing brutality and violence that accompanied the stride to racial equality.

Antioch’s choir sang several of the most popular so-called Negro Spirituals.  Their rousing rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” had most of the audience singing along.  Two members of the Sunday school recited Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”  The most somber moments in the program happened when Pastor Mathias spoke of how the “I Have a Dream” speech practically prophesized Dr. King’s death, which followed a day later, April 4, 1068 at the hands of an assassin.  We were treated to a sumptuous repast at the program’s conclusion altogether a most fitting end to Black History Month.

To celebrate black history month, New Grace’s Antioch Baptist Church presented a program honoring the memory and accomplishments of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.  The packed audience was treated a video montage and oral history presented by Pastor Theodore Mathias.  This journey began with Dr. King’s days as the Pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church through Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, the signing of the Civil and Voting Rights in 1965 at the White House.  We saw highlights of the peaceful sit-ins and marches and the ensuing brutality and violence that accompanied the stride to racial equality.

Antioch’s choir sang several of the most popular so-called Negro Spirituals.  Their rousing rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” had most of the audience singing along.  Two members of the Sunday school recited Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.”  The most somber moments in the program happened when Pastor Mathias spoke of how the “I Have a Dream” speech practically prophesized Dr. King’s death, which followed a day later, April 4, 1068 at the hands of an assassin.  We were treated to a sumptuous repast at the program’s conclusion altogether a most fitting end to Black History Month.