A Toledo preacher spent Dr. Martin Luther King Day speaking at a famous landmark in Tennessee, where the civil rights leader delivered his final speech before his assassination.
Over the past few decades, the congregation at Toledoâ??s New Bethel Church has drawn inspiration from the words of Bishop Rance L. Allen, a preacher who found world-wide fame as a gospel singer. On Monday, Allen brought his message of unity to Mason Temple in Memphis, as the keynote speaker for the Be the Dream celebration.
Allen delivered the speech from the same sacred grounds of Dr. Kingâ??s infamous â??Mountaintopâ?? speech on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. Like Dr. King, Allen preached that â??love will conquer all.â?? He said Kingâ??s dream can be realized if people can learn to face challenges together.
Over 45 years after Dr. Kingâ??s death, Allen says we as a society are in a better place, but thereâ??s still a long way to go.