Gideon Manasseh’s New York City – New York Metropolitan Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence Holds 14th Annual Interfaith Celebration for Religious and Racial Harmony


Photo: Cliff Frazier (Executive Director NY Metropolitan MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolence), Jason Higgins (Speaker), Rafee Kamaal, Minerva Diaz (Dwyer Cultural Center), Joe Maynard

 Article by Gideon Manasseh

The New York Metropolitan Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence held its 14th Annual Interfaith Celebration for Religious and Racial Harmony, Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Birthday Celebration), in partnership with St. Bartholomew’s Church, Sutton Place Synagogue and the Islamic Cultural Center of New York.

The early afternoon celebration began at 2pm with words of Inspiration at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York (96th Street and Third Avenue) by Imam Omar s. Abu Namous and Dr. Abdelkader Abbadi, and travel by two chartered buses to Sutton Place Synagogue (225 East 51st Street) for welcoming Words of Inspiration by Rabbi Allan Schranz and musical selection Heather Ganfer. The Congregants then proceeded in Silent Prayer March to St. Bartholomew’s Church (51st. and Park Avenue) for the last leg of the journey for Interfaith Services, which included uplifting choral performances and Words of Inspiration.

The Congregants enter the massive St. Bartholomew’s Church with “Walk of Peace” procession of drummers and Musical Greeting from combined Choir of King Emmanuel, Missionary Baptist Church, Nazarene Congregational UCC, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Canaan Baptist Church, opening remarks from Cliff Frazier, Executive Director NY Metropolitan MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolence, and welcome from Rev. Buddy Stalling, St. Bartholomew’s Church and special guests.

The afternoon continued with Combined Choir and an interlude with excerpt from Dr. King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech delivered on February 4, 1968 and “I Have A Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963, and musical selection by PS 56 Children Chorus-Bronx, New York.

The celebration continued with words of Inspiration by Rev. Doyeon Park, Manhattan Temple of Won Buddhist International, Rev. Jesse J. Sumbry, of King Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.

The 14th Interfaith Celebration for Religious and Racial Harmony, Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Birthday Celebration) ended with musical selection by United Nations Singers, guest speakers, closing remarks from Cliff Frazier (Executive Director NY Metropolitan MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolence and musical finale “We Shall Overcome” sung by everyone in attendant.

Gideon Manasseh / photojournalist

Photo: L/R Abdul Razzaq E. Al Amiri, Abidelkader Abbadi, PH.D

Photo:  L/R-Rabbi Allan Schranz (Sutton Place Synagogue), Rev. Doyeon Park (Manhattan Temple of Won Buddhist International), Rev. Buddy Stalling (St. Bartholomew’s Church)

Photo: L/R-Interfaith Marchers to St. Bartholomew’s Church

Gideon  Manasseh     aka  GM Photography

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