Biden Preaches Sermon for MLK Holiday

Biden speaks at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Biden Preaches Sermon for MLK Holiday

President Joe Biden used his ‘executive powers’ for equality yesterday with a passionate speech at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He became the first sitting president to speak in the place where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. organized change. 

Ebenezer Baptist Church continues to be a place of worship and congregation for significant leaders to come together. Founded in 1886 during the Jim Crow era, it has grown into a spiritual home for the nation’s leaders. It was a freedom beacon during the Civil Rights Movement and will always have a perennial spotlight for social change. 

U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, also the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, invited him with warm admirations. Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former church ambassador Andrew Young celebrated and spoke among churchgoers too. The church choir sang hymns and the pageantry of the church kept Biden jubilant to preach.

Inflection Point

Biden felt the intimidation speaking in honor of King’s holiday, but delivered a focused sermon geared towards reclaiming “the soul of America.”

“The fact is that I stand here at a critical juncture for the United States and the world in my views,” Biden says, conveying how today is an “inflection point” in time. This year and the next couple of years will determine the future of the country.

He reflected on the legacy of Dr. King and his moral mission to bring equality under the image of God. The dream King preached to the nation in 1963 is what Biden honed while discussing the issues of democracy, voting rights, and economic justice. It is still work to do for he knows “it is still the task of our time to make that dream a reality because it is not there yet.”

With dignity and respect, Biden concluded his speech with the question: “What kind of country do we want to be?” He will be a keynote speaker for the annual MLK Day Breakfast by the National Action Network. 

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