“We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, … to stand up for freedom together.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On This Date…
On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. Dr. King skipped 9th and 12th grades and entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the ministry. In February 1948, four months after his college graduation, he was ordained a minister, at age 19. For three years he studied at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA, and was valedictorian at graduation in 1951. In his famous August 28, 1963 speech, Dr. King dreamed that “all of God’s children” will be “free at last.”
On Monday, January 19th, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 135,000 volunteers will join hands in 1,800 projects and events throughout the Philadelphia area. As Dr. King said, “We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, … to stand up for freedom together.”
– Father McLaughlin