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MLK Jr. Day - Celebrating the King

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By Stevie Lowery

Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered and honored Sunday in downtown Lebanon with a march, led by the United Concerned Citizens Organization, and an event hosted by the Marion County NAACP at the Lebanon United Methodist Church.

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Christopher Rhodes, the associate pastor at St. Augustine Catholic Church, was the featured speaker. Rhodes is a newly ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Louisville, and the first and only African American to be ordained into the priesthood within the Archdiocese of Louisville in more than 20 years. Rhodes is also the first and only African American Catholic clergyman to serve as chaplain for the Kentucky Army National Guard.

Rhodes spoke about Dr. King, but his message was more focused on Christ the King.

“King’s dream was primarily not his own,” Rhodes said. “King’s struggle and dream of freedom was also formulated, incorporated and envisioned by our nation’s forefathers. But the dream and the vision was not foundationally theirs, either. This vision of freedom… this dream of equality… began during the genesis of creation with the Holy Spirit… the almighty powerful and only forefather of the world, our creator, God.”