Letter: Fort Mill held meaningful MLK Day service

January 27, 2014 

A meaningful service

At 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, Rev. David Kemp graciously opened the doors of Fort Mill Church of God to host “A Day of Service” remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many were in attendance along with several council members and our ever faithful, always present S.C. House Rep. Raye Felder.

The Fort Mill Fire Department Honor Guard posted the colors after which Mayor Danny Funderburk welcomed everyone. Following the invocation by the Rev. Kemp, there was a congregational sing along of “This Little Light Of Mine” led by Valerie Cargile McCullough.

Before the introduction of the keynote speaker, Dr. Sammie White Potts, the Youth Praise Group of United AME Zion performed beautifully. Juanita Nash Sanders introduced Dr. Potts, a well-traveled man who has spoken in 35 of the 50 United States, and has a long list of outstanding and prestigious credentials, gave a well received oration. A powerful poetry reading by the Rev. Leroy Murdock preceded a second sing along of “We Shall Overcome.” Following the benediction by the Rev. Kemp, the honor guard retrieved the colors.

It was a very meaningful service and immediately following, a reception was hosted by the Fort Mill History Museum staff, where we enjoyed refreshments and light bites and got to see exhibits spotlighting local African-American residents who have contributed to the welfare and development of Fort Mill and its history. It was time well spent and I urge anyone who is interested in the history of our little town to check out the museum on North White Street. You’ll be warmly greeted by the staff who will show you around and gladly answer any questions you may have.

Thanks to all who participated in organizing this memorable event. God bless each and everyone!

Sandy Paul

Fort Mill

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