King’s legacy remembered in Gloucester, Mathews services

by Quinton Sheppard and Charlie Koenig - Posted on Jan 18, 2012 - 02:54 PM

Photo: Approximately 40-50 people attended Sunday’s annual birthday celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was held in the Antioch Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Approximately 40-50 people attended Sunday’s annual birthday celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was held in the Antioch Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Photo: Bishop Robert Duck, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, was the guest speaker at Monday’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service, which was hosted by the Gloucester Union Relief Association of Missionary Baptist at First United Baptist Church, White Marsh. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Bishop Robert Duck, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, was the guest speaker at Monday’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service, which was hosted by the Gloucester Union Relief Association of Missionary Baptist at First United Baptist Church, White Marsh. Photo by Quinton Sheppard.

Organizations in both Gloucester and Mathews offered programs remembering the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and presented messages of how King set an example for generations to live by for years to come.

On Sunday, the Mathews Branch of the NAACP sponsored a program at Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, and on Monday, the Gloucester Union Relief Association of Missionary Baptist held a program at First United Baptist Church, White Marsh.

Bishop Robert Duck, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, was guest speaker at Monday’s ceremony in Gloucester. He was accompanied with musical selections performed by the MGM Tri-County Choir.

Duck’s message focused on scripture found in Romans 12:19-21, which states, "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."