Sunday August 07, 2011
From The Washington Informer
Consecration Service Slated for King Memorial
A service organized by the Rev. Willie E. Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church in D.C. will sanctify and bless the grounds of the Martin Luther King Memorial. The service will take place Aug. 27 – one day before as many as 250,000 people are expected to gather for the formal unveiling of the 30-foot bronze statue.
The consecration is also expected to attract thousands from every sector of the community, and will include members of the clergy and musical artists such as award-winning vocalists Tramaine Hawkins and Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as multi-talented founder and community based choir, Kevin Terry and Predestined, along with the female trio Heiress.
“It is only appropriate that we consecrate and sanctify the grounds for the new King Memorial,” Wilson said in a statement. “Dr. King was first and foremost a Baptist preacher [and] it is therefore fitting that we honor his legacy with a clergy – led gathering and celebration with the various segments of the population who Dr. King marched and protested for, spoke for and ultimately gave his life for.”
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