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Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III gave a stirring sermon on God’s care of humankind Monday at Richmond’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration at St. John CME Church. His father, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, was scheduled to speak, but is recovering from surgery.

Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III gave a stirring sermon on God’s care of humankind Monday at Richmond’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration at St. John CME Church. His father, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, was scheduled to speak, but is recovering from surgery.

Churches unite in first Richmond Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony

 By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

A historic moment that took place more than 50 years ago in Washington D.C. inspired a Richmond minister to create one here. His dream came true Monday evening at St. John CME church.

“It’s been a real dream of mine to see all of us together … at our first community celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Rev. Ernest A. Jones told the audience, which nearly filled his church, St. John CME Church on East Main.

Jones, along with pastors and congregations from four other Richmond churches, joined together for the town’s first-ever Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration on his national holiday.  Choirs from those churches combined to create Richmond Christian Community Choir, singing traditional spirituals “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” “We Shall Overcome” and “I Need You to Survive.” Participants included Ward Chapel AME, Second Baptist, United Christian Presbyterian, Richmond United Methodist and host church St. John CME, along with other members of the church community.

Jones wasn’t the only one pleased of the collaborative event. St. John choir director and worship leader Rishanda Webb called the event “awesome.”

“It was wonderful. So many churches uniting and coming together. My heart is full,” she said.

“Richmond has come together today – a historical moment because we want to make a difference. This is something you can tell your children and grandchildren.

 

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