50th Commemorative Memorial Service Held for Rev. A D King at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

50th Commemorative Memorial Service Held for Rev. A D King at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

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Rev. A. D. King, brother of Martin Luther King, Jr. was remembered earlier this week at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in a Memorial Service organized by Dr. Babs Onabanjo, CEO and founder of the A. D. King Foundation.

Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King was younger brother of Martin Luther King, Jr., his confidant and chief strategist. Both A and MLK. D. followed in the footsteps of these father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.; both A and MLK. D. were mixed up in civil rights movement; both died within their late 30s and both their deaths were shrouded in mystery. Rev. A. D. King dedicated his life to creating a beloved community. He was also focused on the ideals of non-violent social change and direct action as a way of effecting change.

Mrs. Naomi Ruth Barber King, wife of A. D. King, paid tribute to the legacy of her husband as did others including Dr. Babs Onabanjo, Founder and CEO of the A. D. King Foundation. A.D. King played an essential role in the civil rights movement. He was arrested together with his brother Martin and 70 others while taking part in an October 1960 lunch-counter sit-in in Atlanta. In 1963, A. D. King became a leader of the Birmingham Campaign while a pastor initially Baptist Church of Ensley. The Birmingham Campaign was a style of nonviolent direct action protest that drew world-wide focus on racial segregation in the South and paved just how for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The next Selma Campaign compelled the U.S. Congress to enact the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Rev. A.D. King also led the Open Housing Campaign in Louisville Kentucky which led to the National Open Housing Act of 1968.

A.D. On April 4 king often traveled along with his brother and was with him in Memphis, 1968, when MLK was shot dead at the Lorraine Hotel. Following death of MLK, .A.D. King returned to Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was installed as co-pastor and continued to fight for civil rights. July 21 on, 1969, nine days before his 39th birthday, A. D. King was found dead in the pool at his home. His widow Naomi King, his widow, said, “There is absolutely no doubt in my own mind that the operational system killed my hubby.” Mom of A and MLK.D. In a morning service at Ebenezer Baptist Church king was killed five years later while playing the organ.

IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore was the type of present for the Memorial Service. He stated: “It had been truly an


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Rev. A. D. King, brother to the dreamer “behold the dream.”

honor to be the type of present for the 50th Anniversary Memorial Service also to listen to what of love and faith spoken by Mrs. Naomi King among others because they reflected on the entire life of Rev. A. D. King. IIPT is proud to possess had both Mrs also. Naomi Dr and King. Babs Onabanjo as featured speakers at the recent IIPT World Forum in South Africa honoring the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and looks to continued collaboration with the A forward. D. King Foundation inside our Global Peace Parks Project – particularly in Harrisburg where in fact the IIPT Peace Promenade premiered with both Mrs. Naomi King and Dr. Babs Onabanjo.”

Watch Remembering A. D. King:

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 The A.D. King Foundation is really a non-profit organization, focused on highlighting Rev. A.D. Williams King’s enormous contributions to the civil rights movement. An extra-ordinary life of dedication, service, unconditional support for his brother, the movement, America and the global world. The Foundation is supposed to educate the general public concerning the real history of the civil rights movements, the strategies employed, the timing, the circumstances and the role of the legends of the movement. More the movement was a spiritual movement importantly. To God function as glory.

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is really a not for profit organization focused on fostering travel and tourism initiatives that donate to international understanding, cooperation among nations, a better quality of environment, cultural enhancement and the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflicts; and through these initiatives, assisting to bring a peaceful and sustainable world about.  It really is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, tourism and travel – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the fact that every traveler can be an &ldquo potentially;Ambassador for Peace.”

Author: George Taylor

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