Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! – Psalm 133:1
On Friday evening of January 13, 2012, the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner was held at the La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, MD (just outside of Baltimore City.) The event was nothing short of enlightening from introduction to benediction. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner Committee did an outstanding job successfully organizing the event. This year’s keynote speaker was none other than the dynamic Dr. Bernice King, daughter and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King, an internationally known orator, speaker and author as well as preacher and minister of the gospel, compelled us to consider her father’s dream in retrospect but with a different angle. “I believe God wants us to shift beyond ‘I Have a Dream’”(Dr. Bernice King) is the profound statement that set the tone for what followed. Dr. King laid before all attendees within earshot, some serious food for thought as it pertains to our youth, our communities, families and even our selves as individuals. Never once forgetting the foundation as laid by her father, the man whose legacy we honor at this time of year, Dr. King challenged every person under the sound of her voice to walk in the dream and not just talk about the dream. In true King fashion, the power in her voice provoked us to face our problems and look for solutions that involve the collaborative efforts of “we” and no longer just as individuals. "Walk together children so you don't struggle. Talk together children so you don't struggle. Pray together children because you will struggle” was another profound quote from Dr. Bernice King on that evening that many will probably commit to memory if not in their minds, at least in their hearts. Some guests even expressed that their only disappointment was not having more young people present to hear the powerful message. Dr. King was adamant in stressing that any changes we hope to achieve require a little ingredient that she called “the WE effect.”
Many times we’ve heard quotes such as, “it takes a village to raise a child”, “no man is an island” and “there is power in numbers”. All of these statements suggest in some fashion the basic principal of agreement and the power in unity. In the bible it tells us that “for where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20 KJV) showing us how God Himself honors the principal of agreement. The word of God also declares “a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLTV) All throughout the bible are scriptures referencing unity, togetherness and being on “one accord.”
As we shift into a new season, another year of new beginnings, this message of unity conveyed and reiterated through Dr. Bernice King truly has set the stage to invoke change that we can no longer afford to dream about. As a body of believers, it is imperative that we come together in the unity of faith that God’s will be done on earth.
In closing, The Baltimore Christian Living Examiner would like to extend congratulations to all of the 2012 honorees at this year’s awards dinner. A special thank you to each leader, committee member, service man/woman, volunteer and participant who made the event a success. Finally, a special note of gratitude goes to Dr. Bernice King for carrying on the legacy, going above and beyond the dream.
Please enjoy the slideshow featuring a few images captured at the 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner.