MLK Jr. Celebration unites people and tackles racial injustices – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — People are spending the holiday weekend reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

More than 30 area churches celebrated the life of the civil rights activist while considering how people can come together at a time when the pandemic has physically separated people. The event included music, poetry recitals and guest speakers.

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“I am four generations away from slavery,” said Pastor Samuel Gordon of the Capital Christian Center. “My father, when he was little, picked cotton.”

The pastor has served as president of MLK, Jr. Life Celebration for more than 27 years.

His passion for keeping Dr. King’s dream alive is his mission.

As Gordon reflects on the leader’s legacy, he says it means a lot to him personally. His life was a manifestation of the civil rights movement.

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This year marks the first time the church has held the event in person since 2019. It offered a live stream for those wishing to stay home.

The Paschenkos say they went out on Sunday to better understand racial injustice and prejudice.

“I wasn’t raised that way,” Kathy Paschenko said. “So when it all started coming to me. I thought we were all children of God. He loves us too. And seeing people divided is a distraction.

The diversity of attendance is a reflection not only of the church’s congregation, but also of the Sacramento metro.

For performer Brian Sloan, that means the icon’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech remains relevant.

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“It means his dream is detained. His dream is taking place within our society,” he said.

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