MLK speakers deliver calls to action jwhitfield@newsobserver.comJanuary 21, 2014 

— Speakers at a pair of Martin Luther King Day celebrations held little back in exhorting their audiences to action Monday morning.

A breakfast at Zebulon Baptist Church featured songs and speeches and a moving praise dance by 9-year-old Faith Little.

That set the stage for keynote speaker Bishop John J. Mangum of Hand of God Church Ministries, who cited the book of Revelation as he urged those in the packed fellowship hall to take caution in their ways.

“I have a feeling the Lord is saying to his church, ‘Get ready.’ “ Mangum said. “The wait might not be as long as it has been.”

Mangum said he doesn’t think of King like many do, as a civil rights leader.

“I think of him as a prophet ... that the Lord sent to tell us, ‘Get your house in order,’ “ he said. “Our work is not yet complete. There’s all kinds of things to be done on order for kingdom building to be complete.”

At Riley Hill Baptist Church, the program included musical and dance performances by the church youth and adult members of the congregation. Pastor Bankole Akinbinu, of Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, told his audience that, much like King, God put them on earth “in this place, at this time” for a purpose.

“Dr. King realized that even with the threat of being shot at, bombed, spat on, even with the possibility that he might die, he had a purpose put forward by God,” Akinbinu said.


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