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Dr. Jerry Taylor speaks to sold out crowd at 18th Annual MLK Dinner

By Joe Starkey



If you want to attend the 2010 MLK Dinner – get your tickets early because this year was sold out several days before the event. Ms. Alivia Simmons a 9th grader at Abilene High sang beautifully for her supper singing both before and during dinner. She has a lovely voice. {{more}} Ms. Lenora Bri’Onna Taylor a student at Abilene Christian Schools graced us with an interpretive dance.Mr. Cornelius Mims a professional musician who recently moved here from Los Angeles provided entertainment doing the meal. Welcome to Abilene Mr. Mims.Dr. Jerry A. Taylor was the featured speaker. I got so involved in listening to his approach to Dr. King’s message and life that I quit taking notes to listen better. Again if you really want to hear speakers of this quality speak of Dr. King’s Dream – buy your tickets early and bring the children. His motivational speech reminded all of where we were 40 years ago. He then took us to the great strides that have made, but not without rough road along the way. Last, He formed his own dream of where we can go. Dr. Taylor said “We need a vision that takes into account America’s great gift of diversity; a vision that realizes that America cannot long survive without a compelling vision that inspires racial and ethnic unity. God blessed America with the eloquent voice of Martin Luther King Jr. who exalted such a compelling vision. That compelling vision has moved our nation towards greater racial harmony for the past forty years or more. Instead of Dr. King condemning America he demonstrated for America the more excellent way of love by lifting up a vision of what America could potentially become”. “ The vision lifted up before America’s eyes did not originate with Dr. King. The vision of a peaceful human community finds its origin in the creative mind of the Divine Author of life. Dr. King was simply a seer who was willing to see what others during that time found difficult to see or did not want to see. Seers are visionaries gifted with the perception that digs deep underneath critical historical situations to find the underlying ever running stream of the vision of human community.” The dinner was concluded with remarks by Mr. Floyd Miller, President of the Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce. He thanked Dr. Taylor for presenting such a powerful message then he asked us to pray for President Bush and his family as he leaves the presidency and for President-elect Obama as he ascends to the presidency.Ms. Crystal Wiley began the evening by singing the National Anthem and concluded the evening by singing Lift Every Voice.Pastor F. Al Cason of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of gave the benediction. Ms. Roberta Thompson, did an outstanding job as Mistress of Ceremony.

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