Rev. Dr. Kimberly D. Moore photo

Pictured is the Rev. Dr. Kimberly D. Moore

Mount Zion Baptist Church will host the Burke County NAACP’s annual service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 4 p.m. Sunday at 4427 Berry School Ave. in Valdese. The event is free and open to the public.

Gaston Chapel AME in Morganton hosted the first event in 1977. It has been held annually with Mount Zion Baptist, Gaston Chapel AME, Shiloh AME and Slades Chapel AME Zion churches rotating hosting duties.

“The theme for this year is ‘Our Voice, Our Vote,’ promoting social change and using our collective bargaining powers to work together for the good of the whole,” said Ruth Roseboro, the community outreach liaison for the Burke County Chapter of the NAACP.

The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Kimberly Moore of Gastonia.

“We have a religious affairs committee that votes and selects our Sunday speaker for our annual MLK Jr. celebration,” Roseboro said. “Rev. Dr. Kimberly Moore was chosen because she is a community activist, a spiritual person, a trendsetter and an icon. She has a thriving outreach ministry within the community to mentor and reach souls to restore the whole person. She’s a very giving person and a business owner.”

Moore is currently senior pastor at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Gastonia. She is also founder and CEO of Kimberly Moore Ministries, where she travels throughout the U.S. speaking at church services, conferences and revivals, spreading the gospel of Jesus. She also is CEO of Faith and Favor Designs, LLC, a “faith-based boutique” clothing line “for preaching women and kingdom influencers,” according to her biography and website.

“As an African American female pastor in the Baptist church, I can identify with the efforts of one fighting for equality and his place in the world,” Moore said. “I am thankful for the sacrifice and efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is because of his dedication and accomplishments in civil rights, I am able to enjoy various rights and freedoms today.”

Moore is originally from Abbeville, South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. She received her Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral studies from Gardner-Webb School of Divinity.

Moore received her preaching license in August 1995, and was ordained in 2001. She was ordained as an elder in 2004 and became overseer in 2015. She is the first woman to serve as a senior pastor in the Gaston County Baptist Association.

“The Sunday service commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a continuation from our Saturday banquet,” Roseboro said. “Dr. King deserves to always be honored, celebrated and recognized for his contribution to mankind.”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Morganton Community House at 120 N King St., Morganton. Tickets for the banquet are $30 each.

Both the banquet and Sunday service are sponsored by the Burke County NAACP.

For information about the free service, call the church at 828-879-9507. To buy tickets for the banquet Saturday, call Ruth Roseboro at 828-413-2193.

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Barbara Jolly-Deakle is a News Herald correspondent and a member of the Morganton Writers Group. She can be reached at BabbyWrites@CompasCable.net.

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