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Community Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fayetteville, GA- Monday, January 20, 2014 Fayette County Board of Education along with the Fayette County Branch of NAACP continued “Advancing the Call For Civility and Civil Rights” with the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration and Program.

Over 150 citizens of Fayette County gathered in the streets to participate in the annual Dr. King day events. Beginning with the parade where school bands, color guards, churches and other local businesses marched in remembrance of Dr. King.

 

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The annual celebration of Dr. King was not always “a welcome idea” according to City Council Member Reverend Edward Johnson. In 2000, as the Fayette County NAACP President he was made aware that “many of the cities in Fayette County did not even allow the staff to take the day off unless they took a “vacation day” to celebrate a day of recognizing Dr. King’s legacy.” In 2001 Mayor Steve Brown, of Peachtree City, “welcomed the idea of hosting a program at Peachtree City Hall. Johnson continued by saying that it took five years of persistency from the NAACP for “other Fayette Cities to recognize the holiday.”road to mlk jr events infographic


The 2014 Annual Parade and Celebration Program were held at Sam’s Auditorium where community members of all races gathered to remember the legacy of Dr. King. The event opened with selections from the Olivet Children and Youth Choir and led into a program to celebrate “unity for all.” Keynote speaker, Reverend Carolyn Maull McKinstry recalled her experience of surviving the 16th Street Church Bombing in Birmingham, AL. Fayette County NAACP President John E. Jones followed with a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Awards for the MLK Essay Winners, MLK Academic Achievement, Athletic Excellence and 2014 Parade Float Winners were given in the end to celebrate student achievements through the year.

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 Johnson closed with a reminder that “although, many have embraced this day as one to celebrate, we are still working to get more diversity involved in the annual celebration.”

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Author recounts infamous 16th Street Bombing

Carolyn Maull Mckinstry is the author of “While the World Watched” and survivor of two of the 60 unsolved bombings in Birmingham, Alabama during the time of segregation.

Author Recounts Infamous 16th Street Bombing from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

Monday, January 20, 2014, Rev. McKinstry was the keynote speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration sponsored by Fayette County NAACP Branch & Fayette County Board of Education in Fayetteville, GA.

Fayette County NAACP Branch President John E. Jones stated what he “really loves about this county, this community, is that no matter what is said or done, love still prevails.” There may be differences but we “work through them” continued Jones.

McKinstry referenced several times in her speech that she also believes the world can change but it “must begin with the practice of love.” She ended by stating that “we must learn to work together and to share with each other… we must treat all mankind with respect.”

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The Gospel According to Bill O’Reilly… Really?

In reviewing the 60 Minutes interview with Bill O’Reilly on his newest publication “Killing Jesus” I was very skeptical at first about writing this article. I did not want to force my religion or opinion on other people, BUT I cannot hold this in!

I believe in my heart that when Jesus was put on that cross that he said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).” Why? Because I have FAITH. Faith that Jesus walked this earth for 33 and a half years, before he had to lay his life down so that we would have a better one. It was the reason he came down to earth from heavens, to save our souls. So in the interview where O’ Reilly says, “We don’t put in things that we don’t think happened”, I say he is contradicting himself. In the interview he mentioned, his inspiration for this book is “nothing short of divine” and that “All of the ideas came [to him] in the middle of the night”, I have a hard time believing that Jesus left that part out when he was speaking to him!

The Bible was written by Jesus, telling people he choose what to record in the books; so with that being said if O’Reilly was directed by the Holy Spirit to write this history book then I am pretty sure Jesus would have told him, that part as well, because the Jesus I know is an all forgiving God. If the Bible stated that it was said from the cross then there is no reason to doubt or put speculation into anyone’s mind saying otherwise.

Also, yes, Jesus did come to the earth as “a regular guy”, but he could not have been “…very afraid. Very afraid” as O’Reilly suggested because the bible says he knew his destiny when he arrived. God told him he was chosen to come down to save us from our sins.

It was the will of God that Jesus be crucified and Jesus was preparing for the moment, in peace, so I can assure you he was not afraid because he was willingly to do it. Jesus said in John 10:18that No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my father.”

The people had to come up with a reason to crucify him, as O’Reilly stated, but what he does not state was that it was written in God’s plan that Jesus came to die and rise again so that we all may have a better life.

“Well you believe what you want. If you want to take the Bible literally, then that’s your right to do that,” stated O’Reilly in the interview. I believe that was the ONLY thing that I agreed fully with that he said. Yes, it is good to know the history of events of the Most miraculous man in the world, but, be fair, report all of history. In any religious artifact you may search you will find one common thing that Jesus was and still is: A man of FORGIVENESS. Whether you believe he said it on the cross or not; it was said and I for one stand by that!

People are entitled to their own beliefs, but as a firm Christian who believes in the Bible to be theBasic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” that was a major oversight to leave that statement out of the book.

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