January 23, 2014
‘Run with the
Several hundred people participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday breakfast celebration Monday in the family life center at St. Paul MB Church on Highway 309 South.
The theme, “Connecting the History of Two Men and Two Continents,” was presented by guest speaker Dale DeBerry, artist and evangelist in Holly Springs.
DeBerry said Dr. King spearheaded the civil rights movement in the United States while Nelson Mandela performed the same function in South Africa. The movements were similar, to obtain civil rights and human rights for black people – in short, equality.
DeBerry asked each of his five children to say something about King. The children learned that leaders are not made, they are sent and are born. Leaders do what is right for all humanity, not for black or for white.
King was an organizer of the 1955 bus boycotts in Birmingham, Ala. He fought for freedom and justice and peace for all people.
DeBerry said the two civil rights leaders (King and Mandela) struggled for equal rights on both continents.
Dr. King’s dream was wrapped up in culture, DeBerry said.
“We must awaken and make Dr. King’s dream a reality,” he said. “Only then will black people not be judged by the color of their skin, but by their character.”
He said the images of King and Mandela are iconic images operating out of the subconscious mind or the sublime.
“We can no longer operate in the sublime but must be manifest,” he said. “It is awakening to one’s birth and accepting one’s own reality. More black males are incarcerated today than there were in slavery.
“You must take hold of the vision and bring Martin Luther King down to reality. Choices should be plain, simple and understandable. Pray for light. We as a people have to have an understanding of the world to regain our spiritual vision. We must reconnect with the vision of God for mankind that we walk by faith.
“Let us awaken from the dream and not only run with the vision, but soar in the heavens.
“That change must come for you and me. When we change ourselves, we change reality.”
Rev. Andrew Cheairs, pastor of St. Paul’s, closed by saying that “Martin Luther King would like for us to be together.”
“We can’t blame Jim Crow for us being divided,” he said. “When you separate yourself from others, you can’t blame anyone. Without God, there is no love. Learn how you can love your brother with his faults. Let us leave here with some togetherness. Together we stand, divided we fall.”
The birthday breakfast was sponsored by the Marshall County Branch of the NAACP. It was the 29th annual commemoration of the birthday of Dr. King.
Following the service, a motorcade, led by hometown bikers, went to the Martin Luther King Drive memorial in Holly Springs for a short service.
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