Bishop Brewer and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer were joined by faith leaders and others in the march Jan. 13.
Orlando’s annual Martin Luther King candlelight vigil and march, Jan. 13, had a strong Episcopal presence, including Bishop Greg Brewer, the Rev. Canon Nelson Pinder and lay leader Krisita Jackson.
The march was sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Mayor's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, of which Ms Jackson is a member. The event kicked off two weeks of rallies, parades, luncheons scheduled to commemorate the martyred civil-rights leader.
About 300 people marched Sunday night, most wearing special t-shirts but otherwise widely diverse in age, cultural background, language and faith.
“Tonight kicks off more than a week of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. King," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the crowd. "We are individually and collectively continuing to keep Dr. King's dream alive."
The marchers gathered at 6 p.m. inside Orlando City Hall, where hors d’oeuvres and iced tea helped create a collegial atmosphere. They walked from City Hall to First United Methodist Church.
“We are gathered here as one community, diverse but united, with the purpose of fulfilling the words of Dr. King," said Rabbi David Kay, of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. "We come from many perspectives, but we can all agree we have unalienable rights to bear unarmed truth and unconditional love.”
Singing “Lift Every Voice,” “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” and “We Shall Overcome,” the marchers held hands and swayed in solidarity with King’s teachings and ideals.
Keynote speaker Pastor Larry Mills, of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Orlando, raised sand with a spirited sermon extolling man’s need to rise above mere human impulses to achieve the kind of life God wants his children to lead.