Five Marin City pastors spoke on what the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday means to them during the local MLK celebration, held Monday, Jan. 20 at the Manzanita Recreation Center.
Johnathan Logan, general manager of the Marin City, opened the program with a quote from King: “I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”
Rev. Rondall Leggett, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, focused on community engagement. “We cannot start living until we rise above the narrow confined of our individualist concerns,” he said. “What that means is that we want to have something to give. If you are not involved with community engagement, you need to be a partner today. Our community needs your partnership.”
Rev. Marcus Small of People Inter-cities Fellowship affirms the changes that King has brought to America. He spoke about King’s vision of freedom for Black people, and the struggle of the Black Civil Rights movement, which has helped change the identity of America for the better.
Rev. Johnathan D. Logan, Sr., pastor of Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ, says we should heed to God’s call, just as King did in his life.
“This is a call for everyone to individually and collectively take purposeful steps for the achievement for those ideas and goals,” said Logan. “We can see challenges as opportunities to make a positive influence in the world.
“Our occupation does not really matter. What really matters is that we invest our time, talents, resources, and influences in something bigger, that this will benefit others around us, and will provide a legacy for our children to build in our honor.”
Rev. Emmanuel Akognon of Village Baptist Church said, “Now is the time – true cooperation needs to happen in Marin City. Community organizations, churches in Marin City must work together to get a dime.
Akognon says that Marin City community needs to do four things: work for the common good and not fight each other: unite to work cooperatively with the justice system in Marin County fairer; Let the Marin Community Foundation of the need to adequately fund programs and services in Marin City; and support the community, churches and religious groups more fully.
Rev. Veronica Goines of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church said Black people must still, as a freedom song says, run on, pray on, fight on and shout on, as they face new challenges and struggles in their lives and work together. They must also keep their spiritual lives together.