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During morning services at Ebenezer Baptist Church Sunday, attendees paid tribute to what would have been the 83rd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King, Jr served as co-pastor of Ebenezer from 1960 until is assassination on April 4, 1968.
Reminiscing about MLK’s life and legacy, Senior Pastor Raphael Warnock also took the opportunity to blend religion and politics taking a swipe or two at Republican Presidential Hopeful Newt Gingrich.
“He is playing an old game that’s part of the southern strategy…I think he’s relying on old logic of scape-goating and race baiting,” said Warnock.
He was referring to Gingrich’s comments when asked about addressing the NAACP.
“More people were on food stamps today because of Obama’s policies than ever in history… if you run and ask people if you rather your children had food stamps or pay checks, you wouldn’t end up with a majority saying they’d rather have a pay check. And so I’m prepared if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African American community should demand pay checks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”
Incidentally, seated on the stage near the pulpit was White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett.
In her comments she told the crowd without Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President Obama’s term in office would not be possible.
For several weeks now Ebenezer Church has offered voter registration after services. Warnock says that will continue up until the next election.