The Second Christian Church in Vandalia honored the memory and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a celebration on Sunday afternoon in Vandalia.
Sister Lillian Johnson was the Master of Ceremony. An opening song of “Lift Every Voice” was followed by scripture reading from Lionel Shaw.
Geriod Davis led the congregation in prayer before the large crowd received a welcome from Dolly Leo Salmon.
An A&B selection followed as performed by the Second Christian Church Men’s Choir. They sang “Tis’ the Ole Ship of Zion.”
A member from the St. Paul Church led the congregation in the singing of “America the Beautiful.” Offering was taken up by Roger Chatman and Ronnie Greene.
More song selections were performed including “Draw All Men Unto Me.” Pastor Melvin McCaleb, Sr. then introduced the guest speaker.
Sister Bertha Browning then performed.
This year’s guest speaker was the Reverend C.W. Dawson, from Columbia, Mo.
During his time at the pulpit, he said “you have to remember we are both African and American.”
Dawson said he’s glad God is one who “makes all things new.”
He referenced I Corinthians 13:13, which reads “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Dawson said Dr. King, Jr. found himself thrust into a situation he didn’t call for as God did a work through him.
Dawson said Dr. King, Jr. wasn’t perfect and had issues but he showed everyone that God can use those who have issues in spite of their issues. He then reflected on the era of segregation followed by integration.
He also briefly discussed the Michael Brown situation and talked about Dr. King, Jr.’s letter from Birmingham, Alabama jail, which notes some work needs to be done.