This year, the Youth Department sponsored a trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia. Two vans and several cars made the trip on January 24, 2019. There were a total of 30 people traveling – 19 adults and 11 youth. This National Historic Site was established in 1980 to preserve the places where Martin Luther King was born, lived, worked, worshipped and is buried
The group visited several sites during the tour of the grounds. The weather was a beautiful winter day and afforded the group pleasant weather for touring. The places visited were the Heritage Sanctuary, the King Birth home and the Visitor Center/Museum. The Ebenezer Baptist Church Sanctuary was the center of spiritual and community life for the Williams – King family. The church was built in 1914 – 22. For nearly 80 years, Dr. King’s maternal grandfather , Rev. Adam Williams and father, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. served as pastors. The King Birth Home was where Dr. Kiang was born and spent his first 12 years until the family moved to Boulevard. The Visitor Center/Museum was located behind the Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary where services are now held.
After the tour, the group traveled to Conyers, Georgia where they fellowshipped at Applebee’s. Sister Ann Jones is quoted as saying
I truly enjoyed the trip with the youth. The questions they asked and believe me, they asked some question. The responses that came from Elder and Sister Moore were amazing. They answered every question and left no one put. These two are truly amazing. I had gone on this tour several time, but this was the very first time I was able to actually go into the house the Dr. King was raised in. It was a long line, but it was worth it. The entire trip was awesome. I am waiting to see what they have planned next.
We are all looking forward to activities in 2020.