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Martin Luther King Jr. Day speakers urge Midwest City breakfast guests to ignite change

Speakers at Midwest City's 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast urged participants to live out King's ideals by committing to make the community, state and nation better for future generations.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Modified: January 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm •  Published: January 16, 2012

/articleid/3640816/1/pictures/1612503">Photo - About 100 men, women and children participated in the Silent March, walking from the Freedom Center on N. Martin Luther King Avenue. then west on  NE 23 Street  to the Oklahoma History Center for speeches and a bell ringing ceremony; the march and bell ringing ceremony were among events in the Oklahoma City area that allowed local residents to observe the national holiday honoring slain civil rights leader, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16,  2012,    Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
About 100 men, women and children participated in the Silent March, walking from the Freedom Center on N. Martin Luther King Avenue. then west on NE 23 Street to the Oklahoma History Center for speeches and a bell ringing ceremony; the march and bell ringing ceremony were among events in the Oklahoma City area that allowed local residents to observe the national holiday honoring slain civil rights leader, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Monson urged attendees to commit to creating the kind of world they would want their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to inherit. She said the changes needed in education, health care, the justice system or the job market must come from individuals who feel that the responsibility for such transformation lies within them.

“Our future will hold us accountable for what we do today,” Monson said. “You see, we must act today, right now, and that action must be out of a sense of love for one another.”

Farrow's presentation was laced with humor, but he spoke seriously about the danger of complacency as communities face economic hardships and other troubles.

“Certain species of animals die out because they cannot adapt to change. Remember, humans are animals, too,” Farrow said. “Our only enemy is ourselves.”

Several local preachers gave prayers and remarks, including the Rev. Lee Cooper, senior pastor of Prospect Church, and Trevor Williams, campus pastor of LifeChurch.tv's Midwest City campus.

Williams encouraged the faith community to set aside doctrinal differences to come together to help the suffering in the community.

“Literally, the local church is the hope of the world — Your hands and feet,” Williams said, praying to God.

“Help us to honor his memory by how we live,” Williams said of King.


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