“A Day of Service” was the the theme of the program held recently in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Trinity Village Retirement Community Lodge.
Jane McMullin, health and fitness director, welcomed those in attendance. Pastor Jackie Gregory from Hawley and Wesley United Methodist churches read 1 Corinthians 13 about love before she gave the invocation.
McMullin recounted King’s life from birth on Jan. 15, 1929, to his assassination in 1968. His parents were the late Rev. Michael Luther and Alberta Williams King. In 1934, King changed his and his son’s name to Martin Luther in honor of the great Protestant reformer. He also had a sister, a brother and four children. He went to college at age 16 and was a gifted speaker and leader. He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. King was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He promoted non-violence and had studied under Gandhi. King’s favorite song was “If I Can Help Somebody”, which exemplified his life’s calling.
Nina Hunt, assisted living director at Trinity Village, sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” was summarized by Pearl Holland.
The guest speaker, Maleek Ware, a junior at Watson Chapel High School, recited the famous “I have a Dream” speech. Jeanne Cheek, a Trinity Village resident, who was teaching in Memphis during the garbage truck strike and subsequent assassination, shared her firsthand observation of Memphis at that time.
Excerpts from Bill Clinton’s “Remarks to the Convocation of the Church of God in Christ in Memphis”, Nov. 13, 1993, was read. It was a report card of how Martin Luther King would have graded our world then. Clinton said that many things were good, but, Martin Luther King did not die to see the family destroyed, children killing children, and to see young people destroy their lives with drugs and build fortunes destroying the lives of others.