The Rev. Dr. Judy Talbert, pastor of Faith Tabernacle of Prayer, introduced each award recipient at an awards ceremony for individuals and community organizations. Courtesy Photo
A well-known church in Southeast recently honored individuals who hail from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study on a day dedicated to the memory of an iconic civil rights leader.
Faith Tabernacle of Prayer hosted an awards ceremony to recognize the contributions of more than 112 individuals on Mon. Jan. 17. The event commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
More than 700 people of all nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, political affiliations, and faiths attended the ceremony at the Clarion Hotel in Oxon Hill, Md.
The Rev. Dr. Judy Talbert, pastor of Faith Tabernacle of Prayer served as the host pastor for the event. Rev. Talbert, a native Washingtonian, said that she wanted to acknowledge the efforts of the many wonderful people who have made great personal sacrifices in order to serve.
The event echoed the clarion call of Dr. King to harness the drum major instinct of service.
“We must help somebody to help somebody and carry out the biblical mandate as written in St. Matthew 25:35 – ‘For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat…’” Rev. Talbert said.
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner of the Skinner Leadership Institute in Southern, Md., offered a prayer that focused on the ideals of Dr. King. In the prayer, Williams-Skinner asked for healing of the nation which included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and other victims of the recent Tucson, Ariz., tragedy.
Guests enjoyed a performance by 12-year-old Wheeler Thompson, IV, who moved the crowd with a stirring rendition of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and a skit performed by two young men who are brothers.