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King celebrated

Emmanuel Faith Center Bishop Wayne Johnson said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set the bar pretty high during the 2021 annual holiday celebration of King on Jan. 18.

The annual celebration is sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Atmore, and is held to honor and remember the legacy of King.

King was educated at Moorehouse College, and received his doctorate at Boston College. Johnson noted that King began his college education at 15 years old.

Johnson said God gave King the call, a devine call.

“He was given the call to be a Baptist minister, a prophet,” Johnson said.

Johnson said King’s mental toughness came from God.

“He (King) was thinking as Jesus Christ,” he said. “Until we continue to change our thinking, we can’t change our purpose.”

Johnson said King was a role model to all.

“Dr. King was a man who gave people hope who had no hope,” he said.

Of all the good that King gave to the world, the greatest thing to take away from him is to love thy neighbor as theyself, Johnson said.

Notable quotes by King were said during the celebration, along with musical selections.