Hundreds pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 23, 2018

 Singer Ashlee Moss offered  a stirring performance of “Lift Every Voice” during the city of  Warren’s 5th annual observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The event was held at noon Jan. 15 in the atrium of City Hall.

Singer Ashlee Moss offered a stirring performance of “Lift Every Voice” during the city of Warren’s 5th annual observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The event was held at noon Jan. 15 in the atrium of City Hall.

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — About 350 people came together to remember the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 during an event held in the atrium of Warren’s City Hall. 

The event, the city’s 5th annual observance of the holiday, featured music; an introduction and prayers by Senior Pastor Larry Allen, of the Warren Woods Baptist Church; and keynote remarks from Bishop Adolphus L. Cast, the senior pastor at Warren’s Life Application Ministries. 

After a stirring performance of “Lift Every Voice” by singer Ashlee Moss, Allen offered praise for King, whom he called one of history’s greatest voices for civil rights.

“It is appropriate that we observe this man with statements of faith, because he was a man of faith, and even though we live in a society that is becoming increasingly secular and intolerant of folks of faith, we have faith and we honor this man because of his, and what it led him to do,” said Allen. 

Cast’s remarks focused on “cultural conditioning” and its potential to influence anyone.

“You find yourselves conditioned sometimes to take sides, but it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with some cultural conditioning, but it doesn’t trump our humanity.”

Cast also reflected on King’s message of love, and the Bible verse from First Peter 4:8 that proclaimed, “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Students from Cousino High School led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance. The program also included remarks from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and Warren Planning Commission Chair Jocelyn Howard; a spoken-word presentation by Dieufaite Cyriaque; and performances by the Cass Technical High School V-Jetts Choir and the Life Application Ministries Youth Choir.  

This year’s observance was built around the theme, “Together we win with love for humanity.”