Second Baptist Church presents ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ for King Day


The Second Baptist Church of Detroit will present, “Nobel Peace Prize” to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his holiday.

The program will be held at the church, located at 441 Monroe (near Greektown) in downtown Detroit on Monday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m.

The public is welcomed to attend this free event. Refreshments will be served following the program. “Another exciting and enlightening

program is planned this year” said Ms. Jacqueline Kapilango, Program Chairperson. The Historic Church will be honoring Dr. King with the

Nobel Peace Prize theme.

Distinguished presenters include, Paulette Adams, Bryan C. Barnhill II, Antoine D. Maddox Bey, Denguhlanga Julia Kapilango, Jacqueline Kapilango,

Ashley Cliett and Damien Perry. The featured entertainment for the program will include soloist Brandice Atoi Neely, Destiny Pennington and the

Male Choir of Second Baptist Church.

“Nobel Peace Prize” is a tribute to one of Dr. King Jr.’s many accomplishments during his short life. As Dr. King said in his acceptance speech at the 1964

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, “nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression

and violence without resorting to violence and oppression.” Jacqueline Kapilango says, “His message at the awards ceremony was what people need to

discover how to live together in peace. And because his acceptance speech was so monumental, we here at Second Baptist would like to honor Dr. King by

celebrating one of the most poignant speeches of the twentieth century.”

The Second Baptist Church of Detroit was founded in 1836, one year before Michigan became a state by thirteen former slaves and free men and women.

Since that time, the church has achieved many milestones, including:

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his father, Rev. King, Sr., spoke at Second Baptist Church on several occasions

• Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass spoke from its pulpit

• Former church home of Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

• Established one of the first schools for African Americans in Detroit

• Church home of Ms. Fannie Richards, the first African American teacher in Detroit Public Schools

• One of the final stops of the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to Canada

• Listed as a National Historical Site by the National Register of Historical Places”.

“We are proud of Second Baptist Church long history of actively fighting for freedom, equality and justice for African Americans. We invite all citizens to attend

this momentous occasion”, said Rev. Dr. Kevin M. Turman, Pastor.

Free parking will be available at the rear of the Church, and at 1001 Brush Street (between Monroe and E. Lafayette).

For more information, please call Deacon Charity Hall, President of the Board of Christian Social Concerns


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