Augusta, GA: About 700 celebrate the birthday, life and lasting importance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during January 2012 interfaith event at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta

Leaders from 10 faith communities participated in the 2012 interfaith MLK Day celebration in Augusta, GA

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta delivers the keynote address in Augusta, Georgia at the 2012 interfaith celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church is the home church of MLK.

Photos from Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Mr. James Dobbs, Augusta Chronicle Photographer

Turnout was heartwarming as about 700 people packed the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an event that explained the lasting relevance of the slain civil rights leader.

Leaders from 10 faith communities took part in the interfaith event entitled:

Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters

Music was provided by the Augusta Chorale and the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale.

Scroll down to the music-related photos for more information on both groups.

“Invocations from Different Faith Traditions” were delivered by Rabbi Robert Klensin of the Congregation Children of Israel in Augusta, Imam Majed Sabke of the Islamic Society of Augusta, and Rev. Terence A. Dicks for the St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church in Brunswick, GA.

The annual MLK celebration and interfaith service is sponsored by the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta.

You can read the entire program bulletin at the end of this story – and click on the pages to read them full size.

Augusta 2012 interfaith MLK celebration

Pictured left to right during the 2012 MLK celebration at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia are: The Rev. Dacia Reid, Interim Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta; Keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta; and the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church in Brunswick, GA and Chair Steering Committee, New Tools New Vision, Augusta, GA. Photo by Mr. James Dobbs, Augusta Chronicle Photographer.

The keynote address was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta – home church of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click on the following link to see more of these nice photos of the 2012 MLK event in Augusta, GA by Mr. James Dobbs, Augusta Chronicle Photographer:

http://spotted.augusta.com/galleries/954

Below are media coverage links including a well-received Augusta Chronicle newspaper story, photos and video of the 2012 celebration of the birthday and accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Thurs., Jan. 12, 2012 newspaper story is headlined:

“Pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s home church compares him to an unfinished symphony” by Ms. Kelly Jasper, staff writer for the Augusta Chronicle.

Below is an Augusta Chronicle video produced by Sara Caldwell.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

I would like to thank the many people involved in making the event a reality and for the media coverage.

Link to WFXG Fox 54 Augusta news story and coverage of the interfaith event to celebrate the birth and the lasting life accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Different faiths gather to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

http://www.wfxg.com/story/16519368/different-faiths-gather-to-honor-dr-martin-luther-king-jr

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) – Hundreds of people of all different faiths came together to honor the life of a man who helped make it all possible.

Worshipers of all different faiths joined at the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church to listen to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, who is the Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta where Dr. King preached a message of tolerance and acceptance, gave a sermon with a similar theme in Augusta.

A message that brought together Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and several other religions, all to celebrate as one.

Below are more of the photos by Mr. James Dobbs of the Augusta Chronicle:

Pictured is Imam Majed Sabke, Islamic Society of Augusta, GA.Pictured above is Imam Majed Sabke, Islamic Society of Augusta, GA.
Pictured is the Rev. Terence A. Dicks, St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church in Brunswick, GA and Chair Steering Committee, New Tools New Visions, Augusta, GA.
Rev. Dicks is delivering one of the “Invocations from Different Faith Traditions.”
Additional invocations were delivered by Rabbi Robert Klensin of the Congregation Children of Israel in Augusta and Imam Majed Sabke of the Islamic Society of Augusta.
Photos by Mr. James Dobbs, Augusta Chronicle Photographer.
Music was provided by the Augusta Chorale and the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale.
Homepage of the Augusta Chorale:
http://www.augustachorale.org
About the the Augusta Chorale:
http://www.augustachorale.org/aboutus.htm
 
Homepage of the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale in Augusta, GA:
http://www.thedavidsonchorale.org
About the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale:
http://www.thedavidsonchorale.org/index.php?id=8
MySpace page of the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale in Augusta, GA:
http://www.myspace.com/dfachorale
 
Photos by Mr. James Dobbs, Augusta Chronicle Photographer.
The following is the official bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 12, 2012 at Reid Memorial Church in Augusta, Georgia:
Bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Augusta, Georgia Page #1

Bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Augusta, Georgia

Bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Augusta, Georgia Page #2

Bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Augusta, Georgia Page #3

Bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Augusta, Georgia Page #1

Bulletin for the 2012 interfaith celebration of the birth and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Augusta, Georgia

About TerenceDicks

A three-decade community activist for the Augusta, Georgia area, Rev. Terence A. Dicks is very concerned about civil rights, the needs of inner city and moderate and low-income children, fair civil legal representation for low-income and minorities, and many other issues. Terence has fought for civil representation for the low and moderate income involving cases like domestic violence and landlord disputes. In March 2015, Terence was sworn in for a second term to represent the Richmond County Democratic Party on the Richmond County Board of Elections. Rev. Terence Dicks is "widely-acknowledged for standing up for the rights of the powerless in his community and throughout Georgia," stated a press release on the GeorgiaAdvocates.org website when he was elected chair of the Augusta Human Relations Commission in July 2005. In 1986, Mr. Dicks was co-coordinator of the Mr. James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta – the first time the town and its people earnestly expressed love and respect to the late great Godfather of Soul. About 5,000 people attended the event on the banks of the Savannah River including Mr. Robert Johnson (founder of Jet Magazine and much more), Mr. Greg Gumbel (who did story on BET), and Mr. Eldrin Bell (then asst. police chief of Atlanta). Along with Terence, the other co-coordinator was his lifelong friend and classmate Mr. Greg Peterson, an investigative journalist and outdoor environment reporter who started his career in Augusta and now lives in Ishpeming, MI in the Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior. The event broke the ice and led months later to the first concert Mr. Brown had ever performed in Augusta – ironically in the civic center that now bears his name (the renaming took another 20 years). Music Industry legends Casey Kasem and Dick Clark recorded radio PSAs to promote the free event. Mayor Charles DeVaney – a fan of Mr. Brown – prevented the celebration from being cancelled at the last minute by waiving the “mandatory” insurance requirements. Mr. Brown and Mr. DeVaney both died unexpectedly a month apart. We continue to love and honor the late great Mr. James Brown, who nearly single-handedly quelled Augusta's race riots and prevent further rioting in the 60, 70s. The "Hardest-Working Man in Show Business" Mr. James Brown made Terence Dicks the manager of his first-ever concert in Augusta, GA - about 6 months after the 1986 James Brown Appreciation Day. The concert was held on Saturday, December 27, 1986 at the civic center named in the godfather of Soul’s honor some 20 years later. Terence was the concert manager, producer and promoter. Tickets were only $15 ensuring all Augustans could afford to attend and the first 500 children under the age of 12 were admitted free in accordance with Mr. Brown’s wishes. Among those performing were Mr. Wilson Pickett, John Marshall, Buzz Clifford and Sequence 8. “Claiming A Street Named King” is an initiative Mr. Dicks started during tenure as chair of Georgia Clients Council. The project is about “taking back the street in by building businesses and homes on the crime-ridden abandoned boulevards that bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” However the project also has a wider scope. Dicks said the project would welcome claiming back streets named after other civil rights leaders and activists from all backgrounds. For example, the project would welcome groups or persons who want to revitalize streets named for late singer James Brown, the late Coretta Scott King, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Grace Lee Boggs, Cesar Chavez and others. “All of these community leaders have messages of hope and accomplishment,” said Dicks, who hopes to hear from the centers, foundations and projects of these community leaders. “People can identify with their day to day struggles,” he said. “Above all they cared about the community they came from,” Dicks said. “They all have made a historic difference.” Reclaiming the streets and heritage of these civic leaders can reinvigorate “economic development and economic empowerment” in each community that honors their work. Rev. Dicks hopes to help others “improve the condition of boulevards named after Martin Luther King, Jr. across Georgia” and the nation. Author Jonathon Tilove “wrote the book that inspired me” entitled "Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America's Main Street.” Mr. Dicks hopes those interested will message him thru WordPress/Twitter/Facebook. The project is supported by East Carolina University Professor Derek H. Alderman. “Dr. Alderman is a geographer who has helped us to work on a plan for the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards,” Dicks said. “There was a lot of hope around those streets and what he did for me is he reminded me of why we name those streets for Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said. "We are heading into the second or third generation who doesn’t know about Dr. King and his achievements." “The generation that starts it doesn’t have to be the generation who built it,” he said. “We have to keep Dr. King’s work alive – keep it relevant and cogent.” Terence is a longtime member (2004-present) of the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition. The coalition includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Unitarian Universalists, pagans, and local Yoruba, who practice folk religion from West Africa. Among the many positive aspects of the coalition, Dicks developed a relationship with Omar Neal, who has been the Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama since Nov. 3, 2008. Mr. Omar Neal was the keynote speaker of the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration organized by the Augusta Progressive Religious Coalition on Mon., Jan, 24, 2011 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta. After being an independent voter for two decades, Terence joined the Richmond County Democratic Party (RCDP) in 2002. He joined the Democratic Committee of Richmond County that “has jurisdiction over Democratic Party affairs in Richmond County” and a “purpose is to help select and elect Democratic Party Candidates to office” and whose platform includes “those of the Democratic Party of Georgia.” Terence has served as chair of the RCDP Political Action Committee (PAC) and performed duties that included community outreach. Mr. Dicks is member of the Richmond County State Committee (2011-2014) representing the 12th Congressional District. He served for six years (2002-2008) as state chair of the Georgia Clients Council plus served on the council board for eight years (2000-2008). For nearly a decade, Terence has been a board member (2002-present) of Georgia Legal Services Program and served (2005-2010) on the organization’s Georgia Committee on Civil Justice and is on the state bar president advisory committee. The mission of Georgia Legal Services Program is “to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for low-income Georgians.” In 2007, Mr. Dicks founded the non-profit Georgia Center for Children and Education Inc. and serves as the volunteer executive director. The goal of the organization is encouraging parent involvement in education and to support community involvement in public schools. Originally the Center for Children and Education, the project was founded 1997 by Philadelphia, PA attorney Baruch Kintisch, a former staff attorney for Georgia Legal Services After exhaustive planning, Terence helped co-write and secure a $255,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the spring of 2008 that is being administered by Paine College for the "New Tools, New Visions 2 Augusta" Project and he serves on the project steering committee. Rev. Dicks is a longtime member of the International Leadership Association (2001-present). Mr. Dicks serves as state of Georgia Coordinator (2008-present) for the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He joined the national PDA in 2007. For over a decade (1998-2009), Terence served on the board of the Augusta Human Relations Commission including two-terms as chair, three terms as vice-chair. Terence served as a board member (1994-1996) and the second vice president of the Augusta Branch of the NAACP including chair of the fair housing committee. Terence graduated from Westside High School in 1980 during which time he was a member of the WJBF TV-6 Junior Achievement Company that involved filming, editing, producing and hosting 30-minute issue-oriented public service programs that aired on weekends with student-sold commercials. Terence did a summer internship in 1980 – just after graduating from high school – at the Medical College of Georgia Television Production and was taught by people who include the late TV Director Mr. Armond “Brother” Jackson , Jr. - a longtime TV production expert in Augusta including at WRDW TV-12 and WJBF TV-6. During high school and for about 7 years afterward, Terence was a radio announcer at several Augusta radio stations including disc jockey (when records were vinyl 45s), sports, features, talk show and more. The stations included WBIA and WCKJ. Terence worked in production at WAGT-TV with Mr. Frank Crotts including being a live switcher (punching proper buttons to keep shows going and inserting commercials). He also worked at several Augusta restaurants as a chef and bartender.
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