At Midwest City prayer breakfast, FBI agent talks about Martin Luther King Jr.'s influence

James Finch, FBI special agent in charge for the Oklahoma City Division, was among guest speakers at Midwest City's 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day prayer breakfast Monday at the Reed Conference Center.
by Carla Hinton Published: January 22, 2013

“Spiritual people throughout the ages were always those who were called to speak out about things that just weren't right,” Batchelder said.

Music and prayers from several metro-area clergy leaders were interspersed throughout the event. The theme was “The Wisdom of Peace.”

The Rev. Puong Ong Lau, with the Edmond Chinese International United Methodist Church, spoke of King's legacy — his leadership during the civil rights movement and his teachings of nonviolence.

“We are all children of the most high God, and we are to treat each other that way, the way Dr. King taught us to live among each other,” Lau said in his prayer.

The Rev. Charles Richmond, with Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, also led a prayer.

“We ask that you help us, O God, to fulfill the dreams of this great man, for Lord, there are great works among your people today,” he said.

Service award

Meanwhile, the breakfast committee presented its Clara Luper Community Service Award to the Rev. George E. Young Sr., pastor of Holy Temple Baptist Church.

The Rev. Thelma Chambers-Young accepted the award on her husband's behalf.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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