Reading of "I Have a Dream" Speech Set for MLK Day
Monday, January 7, 2013 • 4:04pm
Rev. Ronald Allen, pastor of the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Summit, will read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at The Unitarian Church in Summit on Monday, January 21, as part of MLK Day activities in Summit.
The Racial Justice Task Force is sponsoring the program at 11 a.m. sharp in the sanctuary at 4 Waldon Ave. (at Springfield Ave.) Everyone is welcome, and the public is invited. There will be light refreshments before the program begins and following. Bill Foley is event chairman. UCS member William Edwards and Pilgrim Baptist member Elijah Griffith will sing solos.
The Task Force is also asking church members and the community to make a special effort to donate non-perishable foods to fill Ed Huberman's Box, an ongoing drive to help combat hunger. Members of the Youth Group will staff the church lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive the canned goods, pasta and other groceries. The foods will be donated to the Helping Hands and Ears Food Pantry in Orange, NJ.
Dr. King gave the landmark Civil Rights speech on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The speech came as the culmination of the March for Jobs and Freedom, which drew about 200,000 people to Washington to demonstrate mass support for civil rights legislation. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the speech.
This is the fourth year the Unitarian church has sponsored a reading of one of Dr. King's speeches on MLK Day and the first time a guest pastor has been asked to read a speech in its entirety. In past years, a diverse group of members and friends have shared the readings. Last year, Rev. Allen participated by offering comments on the speech.
Dozens of volunteer activities and events will be held in conjunction with the City of Summit's 15th MLK Day Celebration, organized by Shaping Summit Together. A leaflet with the schedule is available at the church and at various venues in Summit.