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Bishop Pays Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On Monday, January 16, 2012, citizens, government officials and religious and community leaders from all over the Triangle gathered at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham for the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge delivered the opening blessing for the breakfast, which kicked off at 7 a.m. The televised event featured remarks and tributes to Dr. King from various civic and religious leaders and a keynote address by Ms. Cynthia G. Marshall, President of AT&T North Carolina.

In his blessing, Bishop Burbidge said, “Heavenly Father, by Your Spirit You moved hearts to embrace the dream of Martin Luther King. By the working of Your power O Lord, the call of Martin Luther King is fulfilled and made visible when hatred is overcome by love. As we, one nation, under God, honor Martin Luther King on this special day and seek to follow his example, we ask that You fill our hearts with the fire of Your love and confirm in us our common purpose to strengthen our family and community, so as to uphold the dignity of every human person. Empower us,” Bishop Burbidge continued, “so that we may walk together with you and one another and live the dream of Martin Luther King at this privileged moment in history and all the days of our lives.”

Watch Bishop Burbidge’s prayer on Youtube

Following the breakfast, the Bishop joined youth at Sacred Heart Cathedral for a service project sponsored by the Diocesan Office of African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization (AAMEN). Some 70 youth and adults participated, assembling packets of toiletry items for distribution to prisoners and the homeless.

Fr. Marcos Leon, AAMEN Vicar, said the project “helped honor a man who dedicated his life for the rights of his own people, but also inspired people from other races to support his cause.” Fr. Leon said that AAMEN hopes to initiate an annual Diocesan Mass and Unity Picnic in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge delivering opening prayer at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on January 16. (Click image to view larger.)

Below: Bishop Burbidge extending gratitude to members of the African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization program that took part in a service project commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Holiday. (Click image to view larger.)