On Monday, January 18, the Campbell County NAACP celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtually.
The event was broadcasted from Free Springs Baptist Church on Facebook live and Zoom at 2 p.m., and featured various speeches and musical performances. Dr. Waddell G. Jones, pastor of New Free Spring Baptist Church, was the event’s keynote speaker.
“Over 25 years the Campbell County NAACP has been honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Campbell County NAACP President Reginald Herndon. “This year is a little bit more challenging due to COVID-19. However, due to the persistence of some of our MLK community members, we are continuing the tradition.”
The program started soon after Herndon’s opening remarks, with a rendition of “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow,” performed by Matthew Johnson, the minister of music at White Rock Baptist Church.
Next, Pastor James Jones recited a speech called “A Knock at Midnight” that was originally given by Dr. King in 1967.
In it, King describes a death threat, something that was all too common for him, one night in Alabama. He becomes discouraged and questions his mission, but after praying, decides he must continue.
“Yes sometimes I get discouraged,” Jones said. “Feel my works are in vain. Then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.”
After more music from Johnson, the keynote speaker, the Reverend Dr. Waddell G. Jones, spoke.
“If God has been blessing you, you can hit the like button, and if God has kept you, you can hit those heart buttons,” Jones said. “If God is still looking beyond all of your faults and still attending to your needs you ought to say amen.”
Jones spoke about the need for equality in the United States before reciting Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, closing with the words:
“Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.”