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News Community Community honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Isaiah Parks, son of Gerald and Shirley Parks, recited King’s Six Rules of Non-Violence.“Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” was held at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Franklin Sunday. Sponsored by the Macon County Human Relations Council, the event featured music, guest speakers and youth participation.

Rev. David Beam made opening remarks offering a memorial presentation for Andrew Ray, former member of FUMC. Town of Franklin Mayor Joe Collins greeted the congregation. William G. Crawford Jr. led the litany for Martin Luther King Jr. with responsive reading from the congregants.

Macon County Youth reviewed the Six Principles of Non-Violence:

1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.

3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.

4. Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.

5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.

6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

East Franklin Principal Shirley Parks was the guest speaker at Sunday’s event to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Photos by Vickie CarpenterMozart Moliere read King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered by King in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during a march in Washington.

Gary Shields introduced guest speaker Shirley Parks who is the principal of East Franklin Elementary School.

Music was provided by Mary Pittman, organist of FUMC, and Elizabeth Powell and the House of Prayer Band. The congregation was invited to sing along with songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “America the Beautiful.”

The benediction was offered by Dorrie Pratt followed by refreshments and fellowship.Elizabeth Powell and The House of Prayer Band provided the music.Town of Franklin Mayor Joe Collins offered the greeting.Mozart Moliere reenacted King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.School board member and former Franklin High School Principal Gary Shields introduced guest speaker Shirley Parks.The congregation was invited to sing along with such songs as “We Shall Overcome,” and “America the Beautiful.”


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