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Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and message remembered

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:23 am

Several hundred people filled Plymouth Congregational Church on Sunday evening for the 28th Service of Repentance and Reconciliation, meant to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Associated Churches, along with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, hosted the Service at 501 W. Berry St. Fort Wayne native Timothy Lake, an associate professor in the English department at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, gave the evening's message.

Lake talked about King's love for social justice and the selfless love and courage that King used to tackle the social ills of segregation and discrimination. Lake reminded the gathering that King's message about the right to life, freedom and happiness are not for sale.

Lake pointed out the fact Martin Luther King Jr. is one of few Americans who have a nationally celebrated holiday in his honor shows how far the nation has come since desegregation. Lake pointed to the fact we now have an African American president as a mark of continuing progress.

Although Lake had praise for how far things have come since the civil rights movement era, Lake pointed out that today four of the largest cities in the Midwest have been noted as bastions of residential segregation in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee.

Lake said you don't have to drive three hours to find residential segregation, just drive to the south side of Fort Wayne. Lake suggested it is time to remember King's message and apply it to further destroy the challenges of segregation that still loom in America.