OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Monday is Martin Luther King Jr Day.
The federal holiday will be celebrated with a traditional parade in downtown Oklahoma City.
But some may not know about another traditional celebration held on Sunday nights. It’s one of those things that’s been going on for more than half a century.
Songs and sermons are held on Sunday nights, all in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For the past 53 years, pastors and religious leaders have gathered in northeast Oklahoma City to pray and celebrate the civil rights icon’s life.
“It remains one of the major, major, major services in celebration of his life. It takes place every year to remember the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., his work, his life and the contributions he made to America,” said Dr. Reed, Pastor at Fairview Baptist Church.
The first celebration of MLK Church helped back in 1969 on the anniversary of his death in April. It features Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.
Then the event turned to January, his birthday, but the tradition of inviting pastors from outside the subway to speak continued.
Connie Johnson said: “This is the time for us to come together and unite. Former State Senator running for Governor. She said this year’s theme was “challenges beyond dreams” involving the battles at the ballot box.
“We are looking for ways to get people to vote, participate and be part of the process,” Johnson said.
Others said that gathering at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday night was a way to continue Dr. King’s message.
“We know there are challenges beyond dreams and that’s why we come here every year to celebrate Dr. King’s memorial day, Dr. King’s relentless pursuit of equality and justice. reason,” said former State Senator Anastasia Pittman.
The actual federal holiday is Monday. There are many events scheduled including marches, bell rings, job fairs and a parade downtown at 2pm.
For the full schedule of events, visit www.okcmlkcoalition.org
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