DeKALB – Local congregations will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday with a special community service.
The 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road, DeKalb.
The annual event is being co-hosted by the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and the First Congregational Church. This year's theme is "The Beloved Community: Faces That Inspire – Martin Luther King, Jr., John Perkins, and Clarence Jordan," said organizer Beth Campen. The beloved community was a term King and others used to describe a nonviolent society that would not tolerate poverty, hunger or homelessness.
Perkins also was a civil rights activist of the time, starting a number of community organizations in Mississippi. Jordan's work with a small, but dedicated religious community eventually served as the inspiration for Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to church songs, the celebration also will feature readings of the three men's biographies and sermons.