United Methodists in Memphis remember death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years ago: 'Work to do'

4/10/2018

From left, Collins Dillard, Rev. Renee Dillard and Elaine Shanley, members of Scenic Hills United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, are among many United Methodists who gathered in Memphis to participate in activities to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis. (Submitted photo) Click on link above left to see more photos.


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Many events and activities took place in Memphis, Tennessee, last week to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.
 
“MLK50 - Where Do We Go From Here” was the theme of the initiative coordinated by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis to inspire a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement, encourage activism and spark change.
 
Rev. Renee Dillard and her husband, Collins, are lifelong Memphians and members of Scenic Hills United Methodist Church. Together they witnessed and participated in events last week for which Collins took photographs and Renee shared her reflection (below) on her Facebook page on April 4. 

Their words and pictures tell the story of United Methodists in Memphis remembering the 50th anniversary of King’s death: 

  • April 4 MLK50 commemoration and re-enactment of the 1968 “I Am A Man” March | DETAILS
  • April 7 “Cathedral to City” Hall march, organized by Voices for Justice | DETAILS
  • April 8 United Methodist Day at the National Civil Rights Museum | DETAILS
United Methodists Remembering 50th Anniversary of Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
~By Rev. Renee Dillard, April 4, 2018

What a day. I love this city.
Spent the day remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - his life, his work, his legacy.

People marched and children sang.
Memories were honored and demands for justice filled the air.
I danced and cried with strangers, laughed and prayed with friends.
Crowds spread throughout downtown Memphis, beautiful souls - anticipating, hoping, despairing, loving, sharing a moment in time, a moment in community.
Then we closed the day with a smaller community, our neighbors.
We rang the church bell, 39 times.
We read Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” with nine voices - male and female, black and white, adult and child.
Prophetic words of truth, then and now.
We sang.
We shared a moment in time, a moment in community.
My hope and prayer is that the beauty, the truth, the communion of this day is not only a moment in time.
There’s work to do. And tomorrow is a new day.
~Rev. Renee Dillard is an ordained deacon in the Memphis Conference appointed to Project Transformation Tennessee as director of Memphis programs. Her secondary appointment is to Scenic Hills United Methodist Church in Memphis.   

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~Compiled by  Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications