First Baptist Church-West is hosting a GospelFest in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. This spirit-filled event will celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy through song, dance, music, video and other performances.

“We believe that this is a most fitting way to give honor and praise to a great man of God,” said the Rev. Ricky A. Woods, FBC-W senior minister. “Churches from across ecumenical, racial and city lines have already signed up in witness to Dr. King’s message of unity.”

Headlining the choirs will be the Charlotte chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. This diverse group pulls together Charlotte residents from throughout the city and from numerous churches. Video excerpts from King’s sermons will be shown on two large screens throughout the afternoon, and liturgical dance and musical performances will be provided.

“While Dr. King was truly an international civil rights leader, he was first and foremost a man of God who based his life’s work on the Bible,” Woods said. “The MLK GospelFest is envisioned as an opportunity to emphasize Dr. King’s biblical roots in a way that all can enjoy.”

This event is being sponsored by First Baptist Church-West and the First Baptist Church-West Community Services Association.

Date: Monday, January 18
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Location: 1801 Oaklawn Avenue, Charlotte
Cost: Free

For more information, call the church at (704) 372-3742 or (704) 372-1075. Or go to the church Web site at www.fbcwest.

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