April 5, 2018

A Pilgrimage to Ebenezer Baptist Church

This morning, I visited holy ground in Atlanta: Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr served as co-pastor with his father. Founded in 1886, this congregation was pastored by King's maternal grandfather (from 1894-1931) and his father (from 1931-1975). The younger MLK served as co-pastor from 1960 until his death in 1968.




As I sat in the sanctuary, King's voice poured out of the speakers with his last sermon from the night before his assassination 50 years ago. It was a powerful time of reflection.

I thank God for this Baptist prophet. May we have more like him today!




Afterward, I walked over to where King is buried near an eternal flame. I also visited the King Center and his birth home. It was a special pilgrimage on this day after the 50th anniversary of King's martyrdom.




May we keep alive King's legacy and dream until, as the prophet Amos put it, "Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream."

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