Jonathan Jackson speaks to churchgoers Monday during the Cathedral of Joy Family Life Center Church's 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. | Terrance Peacock~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 22, 2014 6:32AM
To celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Cathedral of Joy Family Life Center Church in Olympia Fields hosted its 2014 King’s Day Celebration Monday with a special guest.
Jonathan Jackson, the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s national spokesman, spoke to the churchgoers in attendance to recognize King’s life. The celebration’s theme on Monday was: Moving forward in pursuit of the dream.
“Some ministers are concerned with personal salvation which is a great thing, but Rev. Martin Luther King also challenged us to be involved in social salvation,” Jackson said. “He was a prophetic voice for the nation and we honor his memory and legacy by coming out to this commemorative event.”
The event was put together by the National Pastor’s Caucus, a small group of pastors locally and nationally whose purpose is to connect and work with other pastors spiritually, socially and politically throughout the Southland and nationally.
The Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Hinkle III, Pastor of Cathedral of Joy Family Life Center Church, and member of the National Pastor’s Caucus, said his church has come together to commemorate the King holiday for the past 20 years.
Now, however, the event is put on in a collective effort with other pastors around the region.
“So often we get fragmented with our own agenda, this is not about our agenda, it’s about the agenda that’s going to help the people,” Hinkle said. “We formed the National Pastor’s Caucus so that we can connect with pastors not only locally, but pastors nationally.”
Hinkle said having grown up in the south, King’s legacy means a great deal to him.
“Having seen and been a part of the struggle of our people, and to see (King) receive his call by God to do what he did, he could have gone to do a number of things,” Hinkle said. “He had a Ph.D., he could have been in a university teaching, but it was a call upon his life.”