The Challenge Preparatory School scholars performed in a special presentation that included Ehidiamen “Alfred” Akhere reading King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. The students also performed a rousing version of ‘This Little Light of Mine’ that had the audience on its feet. With his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech playing in the background, people filed into the Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this week. Among those who attended were Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman James Sanders Jr., City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblyman David Weprin, Democratic District Leader Valerie West and children from the Challenge Preparatory School (who performed during the program).
A troupe from God’s Battalion Pentecostal Assembly performs for the full house.
Congressman Gregory Meeks said of King, “He didn’t just dream, he changed things. He made dreams reality.”
“This day is about changing things,” Councilman James Sanders Jr. told those in attendance.
City Comptroller John Liu, who was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the U.S. at age 5, said, “It’s an incredible legacy that he [King] left behind, and one that I benefit from.”
“It is incumbent upon all of us here to take up the mantle [of Dr. King] for whatever plagues our society and its future,” said the church’s pastor, the Reverend Leslie Mullins. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
The Star Spangled Banner and the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” were performed by the New Generation Nazarene Youth Choir.