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Mathews speaker: Dr. King never lost faith

Despite facing many hardships, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remained “a man of faith,” the guest speaker said at the Mathews chapter NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church, Mathews.

Featured speaker Minister Jonathan Waldon, pastor of the host church, said that the slain civil rights leader fought for equality for all. However, his faith was tested over and over again, when facing police dogs, being sprayed with water hoses, and being imprisoned for peaceful assembly.

But “he did not lose faith,” Waldon said, as he worked for the betterment of people of all races.

Although King made great strides, there is still much inequality among the races, Waldon said, pointing to schools and jobs. How can you have successful communities if people do not have faith, he asked.

Waldon said that King’s faith carries over to modern times, adding that he would much rather have three people on his tea...

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