Forty two years ago, the Hon. Dr. F. N. Williams, Sr., Pastor of the historic Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and a close friend of Dr. King created the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration, the first in Texas.
The event was sponsored by State Representative Sylvester Turner, the North Churches, the Houston Baptist Pastors and Ministers Fellowship and the Antioch M.B.C.
Dr. F. N. Williams, Sr., said to hundreds in attendance, “Dr. King gave his life for freedom and the cause. We must work together to uplift our communities and use our voting power to make a difference.”
Rev. F. N. Williams, II served as the Master of Ceremony. The MLK Mass Choir, consisting of a host of church representatives presented praise and songs. Pastor Ralph D. West, Church Without Walls, served as the Keynote Speaker.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream lives on through citizens in the community who have dedicated to a lifelong of labor and service to their community. Two community leaders were honored, Gertha Hayward, a businesswoman, a sole owner of L&L Barber Shop, was awarded the 2014 Martin Luther King. Jr., Community Service award. She has served customers and the community for 49 years. She is the proud wife of Rev. Jasper Hayward, pastor of Greater Community M.B.C and they are residents of Acres Home.
The 2014 Martin Luther King’s Jr., Trailblazer award was presented to Roy Douglas Malonson, publisher of the African American News & Issues. He is married to the beautiful Shirley Malonson, also a business owner of Shirley Ann’s Flower Shop and Shirley Ann’s Black Arts & Kollectibles Showroom, located at 6130 Wheatley.
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee presented Dr. F. N. Williams, Sr., now 85 and the pastor of Antioch M.B.C. for 55 years, with a special lifetime achievement award and a United States Flag for his community service and efforts to model King’s dream by fighting for justice and civil rights in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Please mark your calendar for the 43rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Monday, January 19, 2015 at the historic Antioch M.B.C., 5902 Beall Street in the heart of Acres Home. For more information, please call (713) 692-5333.