Homage to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

We once again celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We do this in large part because Ginamarķa herself would have done so, in kinship with Dr. King's own message of acceptance, tolerance, peace and love between and for all people. This message was part of Ginamaria's own mission, which she shared with her audience throughout the world. Her foremost goal was go inspire her listeners to renewal, to a life filled with love and compassion and giving, regardless of race, national origin, religion, or age.

You may access the three complete MP3 Spirituals, sang by her at the Cultural Hall of the city of Taormina, Italy in 1967, by clicking on the 2005 Homage page for Dr. King, here.

We also take this opportunity to share with you one of Dr. King's most touching and relevant Pastoral Prayer:

 O God, our Heavenly Parent, we thank you for this
 golden priviledge to worship thee, the only true God of
 the universe. We come to thee today, greateful that you
 have kept us through the long night of the past and
 ushered us into the challenge of the present and the
 bright hope of the future.
 We are mindful, O God, that we cannot save ourselves,
 for we are not the measure of things and humanity is
 not God. Bound by our chains of sins and finiteness, we
 know we need a Savior. We thank thee, O God, for the
 spiritual nature of humanity. We are in nature but we
 live above nature. Help us never to let anybody or any
 condition pull us so low as to cause us to hate.
 Give us strength to love our enemies and to do good
 to those who despitefully use us and persecute us.
 We thank you for your Church, founded upon your
 Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,
 but go out and work as though the very answer
 to our prayers depended on us and not upon thee.
 Then, finally, help us to realize that humanity was
 created to shine like stars and live on through all
 eternity. keep us, we pray in perfect peace, help us to
 walk together, pray together, sing together, and live
 together until that day when all God's children, Black,
 White, Red, and Yellow will rejoice in one common band
 of Humanity in the kingdom of our Lord and of our God,
 we pray. Amen.

          Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ginamarķa in her recital at the Cultural Hall in Taormina, Italy - 1967

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