- The Washington Times - Monday, January 21, 2002

Choirs and leaders of 11 faiths gathered yesterday at a Northwest church to extol the ideals of Martin Luther King at the 15th annual Interfaith Prayer Service held in his memory.
King's dream lives on in this country and is expanding well beyond its shores, they said.
"The dream is still alive," the Rev. Frank Tucker, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Randolph Street in Northwest, said amid cries of "Hallelujah" from more than 300 adults and children filling the pews.
"Do good to your enemies," said the Rev. John W. Crossin, a Roman Catholic priest. "Do unto others what you would have done to you."
The references were to King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in which he spoke of his dream that America would live up to its creed that all men are created equal.
Symbolizing a global allegiance to King's timeless ideals, men, women and youths representing the Baha'i, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Christian, Sikh, Zoroastrian and other faiths came together to read scriptures that espoused love and equality.
The two-hour service at the 19th Street Baptist Church in Northwest, sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Service Planning Committee, celebrated what would have been the civil rights leader's 73rd birthday on Jan. 15.
King, who led the fight against segregation, was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968. In 1986, Congress declared the third Monday in January a national holiday, marking the birth and life of the leader.
"It is remarkable that the nation should set aside a day to remember a descendant of slaves," Mr. Tucker said.
"We should take time to learn about one another, to understand one another," said the Rev. Clayton Pressley, senior adviser on religious affairs to D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams.
Members of two Baptist choirs and the Interfaith Children's Choir brought their voices to the service.
Offerings from the service were to go to the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Youth Program, House of Imagene and Local 25 of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers union.

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