This weekend, a virtual event will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Washington’s 1963 March held in August can’t be forgotten especially on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Frederick Haynes III said. "His last book was, ‘Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community? It’s kind of evidence we’ve chosen chaos."
Haynes is planning to lead a national virtual discussion on Saturday, a Dr. King inspired "teach-in."
His partners for this 4th annual event are San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason.
Dr. Haynes said, "I don’t think it’s an accident that what happened January 6, and its aftermath, is leading into the celebration of such an amazing prophet who called himself a drum major for justice, a drum major for peace."
The proceedings will have a panel of youth and young adults, and delve beyond Dr. King’s historic moments to the resulting legislation that followed each.
Haynes added, "The ‘63 march, it eventuated in the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. The Selma to Montgomery March eventuated into the passage of the Voting Rights Bill."
Dr. Haynes will address issues like protests and marches and try to convey that they are not the right way to incorporate activism into daily life.
He suggests to volunteer for things like food bank events, or simply staying informed about our world.
He added, "We often miss the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated, not because he had a dream, but because his prophetic witness led to change in public policy."
“Right now, we have the opportunity, if we handle this moment right, to produce a third reconstruction as we move toward making America a more perfect union."
The 4th annual ‘King Teach-in’ happens Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m.