Martin Luther King Jr. used “God’s words” to bring people of different races together, Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth told the 29th annual Church Commemorative Program on Sunday evening.
Everyone has something to give to reach another person, she added, and mentoring the young of the community will honor King’s legacy and help Pine Bluff leap forward.
Local ministers attended the Justice Sunday breakfast hosted by First United Methodist Church Sunday morning and a crowd turned out at the church later in the day to be treated to Southern gospel songs performed by Women United for Christ.
King was “a dynamic man who inspired people of all ages in the United States and around the world,” Hollingsworth said.
The Nov. 6 general election united the people of Pine Bluff “for a common cause – the children of Pine Bluff,” she said, because “a healthy, united community” can accomplish many goals.
Residents of the city must “seek out God’s wisdom,” she emphasized.
With almost 400 churches in Pine Bluff with a “vision to serve,” miracles can be accomplished if each church simply reaches out to the public in the immediate neighborhood, the city’s chief executive stated.
That means taking steps that define a “healthy community,” Hollingsworth said to repeated “amens.”
Pine Bluff’s adults “must focus on making our city better for our youth,” providing them a “fighting chance for a future,” she said.
She addressed the Interested Citizens for Voter Registration theme – “promoting mentoring, interracial cooperation and community service” – repeatedly during her address.
Hollingsworth said she is willing to sacrifice herself for a better city and asked those present to agree to make a sacrifice. The example will show others how they can serve the city by demonstrating love, justice and mercy.
She offered a prayer asking for a “miracle today.”
The breakfast and evening program are part of the ICVR KingFest program, which will include Monday afternoon’s 29th annual MLK Jr. parade in downtown Pine Bluff.