Are We Living the Dream? King remembered in Franklin
An impassioned sermon to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday was delivered this morning at Franklin’s Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Scott Roley, who became emotional as he emphasized to a crowd of more than 200 the importance of a diverse society where all men and women can co-exist.
Roley, who serves at Strong Tower Bible Church, joined four other ministers, host Pastor Frank Kelly, Jr., Rev. Mackie Morton, Pastor Roosevelt Conway and Pastor Aaron Johnson, at the pulpit to pay tribute to King’s life.
A full sanctuary of men, women and children, of all ages, races and creeds gathered for the annual event which culminated in a march of more than 150 people from Natchez Street through downtown Franklin to the Old Williamson County Courthouse.
The MLK Day Celebration, entitled “Are We Living the Dream?”, was made popular because of the original march organized several years ago by the late Rev. Denny Denson, a founding supporter of racial reconciliation in the Hard Bargain/Mount Hope neighborhood of Franklin.
Roley, who shared his experience growing up in Washington, D.C. at the time of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech urged gatherers to look closely at the amount of diversity present in their lives and relationships.
A moving solo by Joyce McKissack where she sang Hold On Just A Lil While Longer and another special presentation of Prescious Lord by Sister Vera Jenkins rounded out the service.
At the Courthouse, the crowd heard from Pastor Wayne McCullough of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church.
Posted on: 1/20/2014