Dr. King Would Understand

The lights dimmed and as the people in the theater turned their attention to the stage my two boys wanted to know if it was time to leave yet.

So much for an inspiring night to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my part that a 6- and an 8-year-old would find an evening of gospel music and essay recitals interesting.

They were immediately bored.

One of the speakers introduced some of the essayists who will be honored Tuesday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Scholarship Dinner.

“Speaking of dinner, dad, I’m starving,” my youngest said.

Fantastic. It was worth a try. We left early. Still, just being there was worthwhile. Sure, Hendricks Hall wasn’t packed as maybe 100 people were there. But it’s always pleasant to be in the same room with people who came for the same reason – to unite under the common banner of humanity and decency.

The ABC Gospel Choir stomps it out to the encouraging shouts of audience members.

The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Choir.

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