January 2018 – Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church and Adat Shalom Synagogue, together will celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Where do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit.
Presented in partnership with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, the program will feature the Adat Shalom, Greater New Mt. Moriah and Russell Street choirs under the leadership of Hazzan Daniel Gross, Elder Herman Harris and Reverend Michael Kennedy. Other presenters will include Rabbi Aaron Bergman, Reverend Dr. Deedee M. Coleman, Reverend Kenneth James Flowers, and the youth choirs of Greater New Mt. Moriah and Hillel Day School.
The theme of the program – “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” – is taken from the name of Dr. King’s final book before his assassination. The book, written in 1967, analyzed the state of race relations in America in light of recent federal protections and posed the question of whether or not the new protections would usher in a new era of racial equality.
“Dr. King’s last book was actually a call for love and unity in the face of what he felt was an increase in racism across America,” says Reverend Kenneth Flowers of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. “It is profound and sad that these words ring so true today, which is why we must keep his message alive and never cease in our commitment to overcome injustice wherever and whenever we can.”
The program will be followed by a dessert reception sponsored by AIPAC. It is open to the community at no charge and reservations are not required. For more information, contact Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church 313-871-8025; Adat Shalom Synagogue, 248-851-5100; or Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church 313-875-2458.