Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Celebration 1/19/14
CBS 7 News
January 19, 2014
Every January, communities across the country celebrate the life and legacy of a civil rights leader who altered the course of history.
"Dr. King's been shot, Dr. King's been shot," says Black Cultural Council of Odessa President Jo Ann Davenport Littleton.
Those words resonate with the masses but today's celebration was just that.
Today the Black Cultural Council of Odessa kicked off the King Week Celebration with praise and music, all about the dream.
"What is the dream? We all have different dreams but Dr. King had the dream. And as I sat and witnessed the celebration, I thought, now this is the dream: coming together," says Davenport. "Black, brown, whites all together in fellowship."
Church groups from all over Texas joined in today's festivities, including a mens choral group from Desoto.
The worship went on for two and a half hours, yet no one tired of singing their praises for the revolutionary man and his impactful teachings.
"We all have opposition in our life, everyday, the answer is how you deal with the opposition," she says.
For king, it was peace and change and that's exactly what this congregation hopes to achieve.
"Dr. King, you know, he used all kinds of tools to make change, to bring about change and then when he was able to bring people together to march. You know, if you’re walking down the street by yourself, ‘Oh, there goes somebody’ but, you know, if there’s a group of people, people are going to stop and take notice and they’re going to say, ‘What’s going on?’," says Davenport.
Tomorrow's festivities will kick off at 6 a.m. with a breakfast at Odessa Regional Medical Center, 515 Adams Street. Dr. Anthony Miller Sr. of the Sure Foundation Baptist Church in Dallas will be speaking.
The King Rally will begin at 11 a.m. at the Sal Guerrero Southside Senior Citizen Center Parking Lot, 901 S. Dixie Blvd. Permian High School Student Christian Love will address the crowd.
Lineup for the Freedom March will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the same parking lot and the march will begin at noon.
Following the Freedom March, the Odessa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host it’s annual Candlelight Vigil at the Woodson Community Center, 1000 E. Murphy Street.