The Seventh Annual St. Clair County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast was held at the Pell City Civic Center.
In Talladega, the event was held at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church. The theme was “The MLK Day of Service. The honorable Steven L. Reed, probate judge for Montgomery County, was the keynote speaker.
In Pell City, Mayor Joe Funderburg said, “On this day to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we mustn’t forget that he was a visionary and a dreamer. We have to pass that on — we must dream and come close together and make this world a better place.”
There were 285 tickets sold for this year’s Unity Breakfast in Pell City.
Bishop Teresa Snorton, guest speaker at the Unity Breakfast, is the first female bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
“In 1975, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes came out with a song saying ‘Wake Up Everybody,’” she said.
Snorton said the song told people:
“Wake up everybody no more sleepin in bed
No more backward thinkin time for thinkin ahead
The world has changed so very much
From what it used to be
there is so much hatred war an’ poverty
Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way
Maybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to say
Cause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands
when you teach the children teach em the very best you can.
The world won’t get no better if we just let it be
The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me.”
“We have some of the same problems today,” Snorton said. “Enemies crush, rob us of hope and destroy our dream. Anything that undermines God’s plans for us is an enemy. Surely we need God’s help to defeat them.”
Snorton said there are still racial hate crimes and discrimination.
“Education is inadequate and children aren’t learning,” she said. “There are more prisons than colleges. Diseases are in epidemic proportions. God is waiting for people who care to sound the alarm.”
Snorton said God wants us to call on Him.
“We are the ones guilty in 2014 of not keeping the dream alive,” she said. “We must keep the dream alive. Second Chronicles 7:14 says, ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’”
Snorton said sometimes it seems we have forgotten the wonderful promise from God that He will help us defeat our enemies.
“We must humble ourselves,” she said. “We are too worried about ourselves and who will look out for me. God has blessed us and given us relationships not just to bless us but to bless others. God blessed us for the benefit of all mankind.”
Snorton said our God is awesome.
“He can move mountains, resurrect, revive — our God is awesome; how can we forget to call on Him,” she said. “We must be humble and prepare ourselves so God can use us. We pray for things for ourselves, but when is the last time we prayed for others. We can pray for God to create a new heart in us and renew a right spirit within us. Nothing can come between us and God. There is no mountain too tall or river too wide or sin too great for God. With God, all things are possible.”
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