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Celebrate Dr. King
In Speech And
Song On Sanibel
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal
Church invites the Sanibel, Captiva
and Fort Myers region to join in its
3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day Celebration at 6 p.m . on Monday,
January 15 at the church. As the first
church in Lee County – and one of the
first Episcopal churches in Florida – to
integrate, St. Michael’s is especially pleased
to host this important annual event.
The keynote speaker for the evening
is Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King,
founder-minister/world spiritual leader,
Hillside International Truth Center, Inc.,
an inclusive, healing ministry open to all,
and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Established in 1971 as a prayer group of
12 people in Dr. King’s home, Hillside
now has thousands of members and
The event, which is free and open to
the public, will begin with a performance
by the Victorious Dance Ministry of the
First Assembly Cornerstone in Fort Myers
and an appearance by the popular gospel
group The Spiritual Voices of Fort Myers.
The program will also feature 12-year-old
Zaire Saldana, a seventh grade student at
Cypress Lake Middle School, who – by
popular demand – will appear for a third
time to give a memorized recitation of the
famous I Have A Dream speech by Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Under the direction of Minister of Music
Hank Glass, the St. Michael’s Parish Choir
and featured bass soloist Lawrence Lewis
will join the celebration by performing
No Time and He Never Failed Me Yet.
The event will conclude with The Spiritual
Voices of Fort Myers and the St. Michael’s
Parish Choir leading the audience in a
sing-along of We Shall Overcome.
Dr. King is a native of Houston, Texas.
She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology
from Texas Southern University and a
master of social work (MSW) degree from
Atlanta University. With a continued belief
in lifelong learning, Dr. King completed
her doctor of ministry degree from the
Ecumenical Theological Seminary of
Detroit, Michigan on June 2, 2012 at age
81. She has also received several honorary
She began following her dream of
becoming a minister as the program
administrator at Christ Universal Temple
(Chicago) under her spiritual mentor,
Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon. She is an
ordained minister, a professionally trained
social work administrator, has served as
dean of community relations at Malcolm
X College in Chicago, and was a college
instructor as well as dean of students at
Spelman College in Atlanta. Dr. King
was the first non-psychiatrist director of
the Emory Mental Health Center, which
was headquartered in the Southside
Comprehensive Health Center in Atlanta.
Dr. King has authored 10 books
and monographs, including the widely
acclaimed Transform Your Life. She
is also a major contributor to A New
Thought for A New Millenium and Wake
Up... Live the Life You Love in Spirit.
Her most recent publications are In Me,
As Me: Ten Principles for Finding the
Divine Within and Leave With Love: A
Spiritual Guide to Succession Planning.
In 2016, a revised and expanded edition
of Transform Your Life with exercises at
the end of each chapter was released. She
has also written several magazine articles
Dr. King hosted her own television
program, A New Thought, A New Life,
and has appeared as a guest on shows
produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tavis
Smiley. She has been called upon to offer
commentary on national news programs,
given guidance and counsel to heads of
state, and participated in White House
conferences and consultation with U.S .
Presidents Carter and Clinton.
Throughout her professional life, she
has received numerous honors, awards and
recognition. In the New Thought move-
ment, she was awarded the three highest
honors: The International New Thought
Alliance (INTA) Life Achievement Award;
the Ernest Holmes Religious Science
Award; and Unity’s the Light of God
In 2001 Dr. King received the highest
honor ever bestowed upon a woman when
she was enstooled as the first female chief
at Assin Nsuta, Ghana, West Africa, of the
Ashante tribe. Her stool name is Nana Yaa
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
celebration will be followed by a reception
in the church parish hall.
To inquire about this and other
special events at St. Michael & All Angels
Episcopal Church, contact Rector
Ellen Sloan at 472-2173 or visit www.
Dr. Barbara Lewis King
Seventh grader Zaire Saldana is returning
to give a reading of the famous Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. speech, I Have A Dream
Bass soloist Lawrence Lewis will appear
with the St. Michael’s Parish Choir during
The Spiritual Voices of Fort Myers make their first appearance at St. Michael’s for the
The Victorious Dance Ministry will open the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at St.
Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
The St. Michael’s Parish Choir will participate in the celebration, singing He Never Failed
Me Yet and No Time
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