Game Changers: The Conscious Culture Men With Vision 2020 Edition | Page 37

GAME CHANGERS MAGAZINE | 37 Henry County Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Written by Stephanie Bradley, NAACP Economic Development Chair MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BUILT HIS LIFE ON A FOUNDATION OF FAMILY AND FAITH, AND AT HIS DEATH HE LEFT A LEGACY FROM WHICH WE ALL BENEFIT. King day celebrations in Henry County started early on Saturday Morning at the Prayer Breakfast and concluded on Monday with a parade & concert, where thousands  joined to honor the trailblazer. In Henry County, hundreds came out to Shiloh Baptist Church for the NAACP Annual Prayer Breakfast in celebration of Dr. King.  Several community &state leaders, politicians and judges attended the breakfast. During the celebration the NAACP honored Global Impact Christian Ministries, Pastor Spencer Oneal as the “Church of the Year” and Henry County District Attorney, Darius Patillio with the “Justice Award”.  The speaker for the occasion was the fearless Pastor Clinton McFarland from Grace Baptist Church. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., “I HAVE A DREAM” (1963) His message was very powerful.  Although It was a cold day for an outdoor event, people were lined up along the route, bundled up and bracing the cold with smiling faces. This parade put on by the Henry County NAACP chapter is a county tradition and an event that folks looked forward to. For the first time in this parade's history thousands came out to be a part of the celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy, thanks to Georgia NAACP Youth Council 2nd Vice president, Jayden Williams. The event concluded with an outstanding concert highlighting young talent throughout the county and state. “THE ULTIMATE TEST OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE STANDS IN MOMENTS OF COMFORT AND MOMENTS OF CONVENIENCE, BUT WHERE HE STANDS IN MOMENTS OF CHALLENGE AND MOMENTS OF CONTROVERSY.” -MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., SPEECH (ATLANTA, JANUARY 27, 1965)