Black Church Leaders in Texas Celebrate Dr. King and Look at the Work That Remains

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Throughout North Texas and the nation Monday, many are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.

“I think there’s a struggle trying to understand, ‘where do we go from here’,” says Pastor Richie Butler, St. Paul UMC and a member of the African American Pastors’ Coalition, “but, I think someone like Dr. King would help us to recognize it, and figure out how to work together to keep the United States, united.”

Dr. King is considered the father of the civil rights movement — a movement birthed in the black church. So it was at Friendship West that the African American Pastors Coalition gathered for an annual celebration that reflects on Dr. King’s legacy, while also focusing on the work that’s still to be done.

“Dr. King helped create a great vision, a great legacy,” says Pastor Bryan Carter, Sr. Pastor Concord Church and President of the African American Pastors Coalition. “But, that work continues among all of the churches in the faith community.” He says the church that launched the civil rights movement is still relevant in the fight for justice today.

“The church, when it’s at its best, is responding to the needs, to the pains, and the difficulties of our society– and stepping in, in those space to provide hope, to provide help to provide advocacy to provide hands,” says Pastor Carter. “When the church is at its best, it’s doing the work that God has called us to do in changing and transforming communities.”

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Source: CBS DFW