Voices of Justice: MLK Breakfast Features Diverse Insights on Justice and Culture
The continuation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quest for justice and the second inauguration of the first African-American president inspired the theme: “The Inauguration of Justice: Reflections on Justice and Culture” for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. More than 350 persons attended the event at The Power Center in
Rev. McGehee ushered in the hour by dispelling the myth that because she is an Anglo-American with “white privilege” injustices would escape her. She shared her personal story of lessons learned as a child from her father who suffered many injustices in the south because of his affiliation with Dr. King. She also highlighted the need for action from the universal church and community to help curb rising human trafficking, mass incarceration, hunger, poverty, homelessness, economic bondage, poor education and other justice issues in
The audience was brought to a state of absolute silence as Ms. Moore, a member of First UMC Alvin, guided them on a timeline through more than 500 years of inhumane treatment, broken promises, many trials and harsh injustices toward Native Americans. She examined indigenous experiences from the time that
In his speech, Attorney del Pozo a member of ChristWay Community UMC spoke with a wealth of knowledge about the immigrant of Spanish speaking heritage in
Ms. Ruth Gonda, a young adult ambassador for Christ, was very perceptive about seeing the need and equally as compassionate about serving those in need and less fortunate. Ms. Gonda, whose parents migrated from the
Philippines, which showed services being provided by American mission workers with the organization “Together in Hope” and her participation in mission trips to such marginalized areas.
Native Houstonian, Rev. Dr. Sherry Daniels challenged the group through her topic “It’s Time.” She reminded us of scriptures and quotes from Dr. King that should lead us toward an altered state of mind when we talk about justice for all. She stated that we must be willing to “step outside the box or even throw the box away when it comes to ministry” to those less fortunate. She indicated that we should be willing to offer the services that people need, instead of those that we want to give. Daniels then shared the need for and fruitfulness of a ministry of her church that assists families of incarcerated persons, who are unable to make visits to see loved ones. This ministry fulfills a community need, as opposed to only going to the prison for Bible study with inmates. Dr. Daniels concluded with a quote from Dr. King: “Whatever affects one indirectly, affects all directly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.” Yes, “It’s Time” to be about justice.
Dr. King would have greatly affirmed the presentation of the Youth Advocate Dancers. The culturally-diverse group of young men from Gethsemane UMC danced in their own creative way to the glory of God. Audience members were touched as they explained, “We all have many talents and gifts to offer.” They praised their connection with the church for the support that allows them to be who they are through their own creativity which energized the audience. They expressed gratefulness for being received in such a loving way. The BMCR Youth Mass Choir again ministered with artful excellence. More than 40 youth from nine churches, directed by Mrs. Felicia Green Johnson, sang to the delight of the crowd.
Our prayer is that we all understand that the call for justice is Bible-based and that Dr. King was just a spokesperson. The diverse testimonies hopefully allow the idea of justice to prick our conscious when we overlook issues that inevitably press down those that are precious in God’s sight.