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!
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.
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 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.
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
Benediction giving by Aidan Thomas Hornaday