Assassinated 50 Years Ago, MLK’s Activist Spirit Lives On!!!
First Name Tom, Last Name Foolery… And I’m Everybody’s Uncle!
Especially this civil rights activist… Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
If the walls of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church could talk, this is what they might say:
They might tell of Adam Daniel Williams, who during his 25-year tenure as senior pastor helped found the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP.
They might recall Williams’ son-in-law, Martin Luther King Sr., as he appealed to hope throughout the Great Depression.
And they might boast of a small boy who stood on a milk carton to sing in church choir — the same boy who grew up to be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., standing on the shoulders of his predecessors to emerge as America’s preeminent figure in the ongoing fight for racial equality.
Today, some 50 years after King was assassinated in 1968, the activist spirit at Ebenezer Baptist Church that launched him into greatness lives on. Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, the fifth & youngest senior pastor in the church’s history, has spent his last 14 years at the helm, mobilizing residents of all ages & beliefs.
“Martin Luther King Jr. was a spiritual genius, a social change agent & part of the black church tradition,” Warnock tells PEOPLE ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, commemorating King’s birth.
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By: Emily Davies