(Photos) 47th MLK Annual Commemorative Service with Actor David Oyelowo, Recording Artist Sandi Patty and More!

Words cannot express my gratitude for the opportunity to photograph another piece of history!  Yesterday, Atlanta celebrated the  47th MLK Annual Commemorative Service with Actor David Oyelowo, recording artist Sandi Patty, Rev. John Lewis, Dr. Bernice King, Mayor Kasim Reed and more!

David Oyelowo singing "We shall overcome" with Rev John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, Mathilde Mukantabama and Kyle Wilkins
David Oyelowo embracing “We Shall Overcome” song with Rev John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan and Kyle Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Bernice King, David Oyelowo and Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd
Dr Bernice King, David Oyelowo and Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of supporters filled Ebenezer Baptist Church to hear the words of keynote speaker Gwendolyn E. Boyd and the voice of gospel recording artist Sandi Patty.

Sandi Patty
Sandi Patty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd
Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tributes given by Dr. Joanna Adams, Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, Kyle Wilkins and David Oyelowo were simply life changing.  David shared the experience during his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King in the SELMA movie and the room was filled with tears.  He talked about filming the church scene where MLK gave his speech and David himself had a sense of fear for his own life.

“Imagine people wanting to kill you and your children… I am just an actor, I DONT KNOW HOW HE DID IT” – David O.

David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David's father Stephen Oyelowo
David’s father Stephen Oyelowo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David also pointed out his beloved father who traveled to Atlanta to be with his son at Ebenezer and he shared a heart-felt story of his father’s Nigerian tradition of cutting the face or body to identify the family heritage.  My goodness, I had to clear my eyes to capture the images & stay “somewhat” focused.  It was simply amazing to hear those words of strength and courage.

I also enjoyed Dr. Joanna Adams who was profound and pretty funny.

Dr. Joanna Adams
Dr. Joanna Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She shared her knowledge of the horrible acts during the civil rights movement and claimed responsibility for not standing up. “My family nor I ever took part in such acts BUT we did NOT stand up for what was right”, said Adams.

“The young folks of today will carry on the movement but I’m old and I’m not done yet!”  The audience roared in cheers.

Take a look at more wonderful highlights from this historical event.  Enjoy the pics!

Recital of the “Address at the Conclusion of the SELMA March Speech by Dr. King

Miss Farris Christine Watkins with AMAZING fellow students
Miss Farris Christine Watkins with AMAZING fellow students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bernice King
Dr. Bernice King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor Kasim Reed
Mayor Kasim Reed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benediction giving by Aidan Thomas Hornaday

Aiden Thomas Hornaday
Aiden Thomas Hornaday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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