Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. annual birthday celebration set for Jan. 13

January 2, 2019

CHARLESTON — The world would come to know him as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on Jan. 15, 1929, he was born as Michael Luther King Jr.

The heritage he left behind came through a generational legacy of family pastors through the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. It is here, the sermons began with his grandfather and would later be passed down to Dr. King’s father and eventually to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1954, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would become the pastor for Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

To honor his birthday, the Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance Inc. will hold its 46th annual worship birthday celebration Sunday, Jan. 13, starting at 4 p.m. in the Ebenezer Baptist Church located at 1530 3rd Ave. in Charleston.

Speaker for the event will be the Right Rev. E. Alphonso Heyliger, pastor of Ferguson Baptist Church, located in Dunbar, West Virginia. Special music is scheduled to be performed by the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. The Rev. Braxton Broady is serving as the host pastor.

The Charleston Black Ministerial Alliance is a nonprofit organization which seeks to unify its gifts through ministry. The alliance is an interdenominational and interracial union of ministers who hope to set and follow in the example by helping human needs and servicing families.

This event is open to the public. All clergy planning on attending are asked to wear their black robes to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through this celebration of his life and the monumental movement he created through his work as a pastor and a civil rights leader.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35. On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated while standing on a hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.

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