Madison County pastor William Tremier stood at the podium at Waggoners Grove Baptist Church holding a dumbbell in his hands.
He urged those on hand for the ninth-annual Madison County Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration to “lay aside every weight” and to put their concerns in Jesus’ hands.
“We should all have a dream that one day we should see Jesus,” said Tremier.
The assistant pastor at Colbert Grove Baptist Church said that he wanted MLK services to include young people. And as he addressed the crowd as the featured speaker, the first Madison County Youth Mass Chorus sat behind him in the choir booth, having drawn applause from the crowd for its gospel singing.
Tremier addressed those boys and girls, speaking of the path that black Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. paved for today’s youth. He urged young people not to squander what was won through turbulent times, such as the right to vote. He urged youth to have respect for their elders, to say “yes mam and yes sir.” The educator and coach spoke of today’s drug problems, saying he has seen a little bit of a reduction in recent years, but he said gun violence has become a real blight on society.