And justice for all

Rev. Charlie Rivins to challenge the community during his Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech at the MLK Center
Jan. 20, 2013 @ 08:33 AM

The “I have a dream” speech the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave during the 1963 march on Washington was one for the ages. However, some wonder if his message is still falling on deaf ears.

“It was a great speech, but have we really come together as a race of people to be a strong community?” asks Rev. Charlie Rivins, pastor of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church. “You could make a strong argument to say no. We are still living under a form of slavery. We are still controlled by a system.”

Rivins has a message of his own, which he plans to deliver on Monday at the MLK Jr. Center after the annual march. His talk is entitled “It’s time to stop dreaming and do it.” In it, Rivins will challenge the African-American community to stand up and take action.

“We are the only race of people where there is no structure to develop future black leaders,” Rivins adds. “I will talk about past issues, such as the Treyvon Martin case, and how we will be better when we are considered equal.

“I’m hoping my message will be received in a positive way. The message is for anybody who cares for people and believe in social justice.”

Rivins will deliver his message around 5 p.m. after folks arrive at the MLK Center from the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, which will begin  at 4 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Park on Ridge Street.

According to Rev. Jimmie Norwood, pastor of Lovelady Baptist Church in Baton and current president of the Caldwell County NAACP, march participants will gather at the Broyhill Park. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which marks the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birth date of Jan. 15.

According to the Rev. Jerry Reid the group of marchers, which will include members of the NAACP Youth Council, will head to downtown Lenoir and finish up at the Martin Luther King Center on Greenhaven Drive. The march is expected to take about an hour.