RALLY FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING HELD AT FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Julia Smith

Many gathered in First African Baptist Church Monday night in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

The church held a mass rally to honor King for all he has done for the country. Pastors from all across Tuscaloosa joined in on the event to preach and give thanks as the choir led the crowd in song.

“It is so important for several reasons one being that we got to go out in the community and be able to commemorate and celebrate the King’s life and legacy,” said Reginald Kennedy, the chairman of the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King was the first president of the national civil rights organization.

The main message that echoed throughout the event was for everyone in attendance to know the importance of unity.

“The country is so split and divided right now, so this is just a good opportunity for all of us to just come together and make a difference,” guest pastor Michael Foster said.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in January. It was instituted as a federal holiday in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.

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