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Quincy MLK speakers tout King’s faith

The Rev. Lindell Robbins of Helping Hands Baptist Church in Hannibal addresses the Quincy NAACP...
The Rev. Lindell Robbins of Helping Hands Baptist Church in Hannibal addresses the Quincy NAACP chapter's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.(WGEM)
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 5:39 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s faith was a key focal point Monday during the Quincy NAACP chapter’s ceremony marking the holiday in honor of the slain civil rights leader’s birthday.

Several speakers addressed viewers of the program, which was held online for the second year.

Keynote speaker the Rev. Lindell Robbins of Helping Hands Baptist Church in Hannibal compared King’s struggle with the story of David and Goliath.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used the same blueprint that David used as a shepherd boy to face these giants,” Robbins said. “And that victory that we have achieved in this country was with God’s help.”

He said that while King took on monumental challenges, there still is work to be done.

“And we do have giants still of racism,” Robbins said. “We have giants of injustice. We still have giants of hate. We still have giants of inequality. But don’t take on these giants without having God involved. "

The Rev. Nancy Wilson of Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church noted the many references King made to biblical scriptures.

“We always find him touching back into scripture to be able to look at things,” Wilson said. “And he was drawn to those things that spoke about the future and hope and justice and a call to action. He was always speaking and drawing on God’s word because that’s where he found his strength.”

Mayor Mike Troup said that while civil rights in Quincy may have come a long way, there still is work to be done.

“How are we doing in Quincy compared to his dream?” Troup asked. “I believe that many will say that we’ve made improvements, but we still are not there.”

Troup challenged viewers to grow in their own faith and work through their churches to help improve the city.

The ceremony included other speakers, two musical selections and a solo praise dance performance.

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