ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Around one-thousand people gathered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Albany Monday morning to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King.
Music and joyous celebration was a big part of the 31st annual Commemorative Program and breakfast to honor Dr. King.
Many present said the ceremony motivated them to do better, help others, and make a difference.
Joyful Harmonies filled Mt. Zion Baptist Church Monday morning, and the choir didn't hold back, and neither did the crowd. Everyone sang their praises to God and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Keynote Speaker Rev. Jermaine Simmons, Sr. called King "One of God's most chosen vessels. I don't know about y'all but I'm glad to be here today."
Keynote speaker Rev. Jermaine Simmons, Sr. Wasn't the only one thankful to be in church on the meaningful holiday.
"I thought it was awesome, I really enjoyed it," said Melvin Kendall of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
The message of the service could be summed up in a question.
H.E.A.R.T Organization President Ann Johnson Milledge says the answer to that question lies in the community's hands.
"We've got to teach our children about the history, teach them about being responsible, and getting a good education," said Ann Johnson Milledge, H.E.A.R.T Organization CEO.
She says services like this one are vital to keeping Rev. King's legacy, alive. "It's very important to me. Dr. King has always been one of my role models and I've always felt a need to remember him and all the great things he did."
Melvin Kendall of Albany is one of hundreds who left with a desire to make a difference. "A lot of them will go out now and help build houses, go out to neighborhoods and tutor, mentor, visit nursing homes. I was convicted, now I have to do what I can to help my community."
And continue the civil rights leader's dream of equality for all people.
"It doesn't matter what color you are as long as your blood is red," said Rev. Simmons.
The event is put on every year by the H.E.A.R.T Organization and Procter and Gamble.
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