2015 Celebration Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Hon. Michael Robinson
New Mount Olive Baptist Church, 400 N. W. Ninth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will host the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Service on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. The service will be sponsored by the Zeta Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
This year’s celebration will include a musical extravaganza with selections from The Voices of New Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Dillard High School Chorus and Minister Eddie Robinson, minister of music, at New Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Dr. Marcus D. Davidson, Senior Pastor of New Mount Olive Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.
Pastor Davidson is a native of Tuscumbia, Ala.. He is the son of Dr. Green Davidson, III and Barbara Bostick-Davidson and has four siblings: Vanessa Batten, Latresha Davidson-Woods, Rev. Green Davidson, IV, and LaBradford Davidson.
Pastor Davidson is married to Yvokia Jones-Davidson, and they have one child, Layla Alexandria.
Possessing a commitment to education, Pastor Davidson is a graduate of Deshler High School, Tuscumbia, Ala.; and he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Normal, Alabama.
He later entered Heritage Bible College in Huntsville, Ala.; where he received his Master of Biblical Studies. He also graduated from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., with his Master of Divinity. In addition, he has studied at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Tex.; and abroad at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Kingston, Jamaica in the West Indies. Pastor Davidson received his Doctor of Ministry degree (with an emphasis in Black Church Leadership) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. His doctoral project was “Developing Church Members into Ministry Leaders.”
At the age of six, Pastor Davidson accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and united with the St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Leighton, Ala., under the leadership of his father, Dr. Green Davidson, III. When he was 16 years of age, Pastor Davidson acknowledged his call into the preaching ministry.
In 1999, Pastor Davidson was elected Pastor of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Courtland, Ala., Currently, Pastor Davidson serves as Senior Pastor of New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also serves as Southeast Region Vice President of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
This young man preaches from the depth of his heart across the nation and abroad. His love for the Lord is evident in his preaching and teaching and he continues to be a blessing to the body of Christ. In addition to being a preacher par excellent, Pastor Davidson re-leased his debut CD in 2007, entitled “I’ll Say Yes.”He also recorded “When Pastors Meet” with other gospel artists in 2009. Copies of these recordings are available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com.
The annual celebration service is in recognition of the magnificent works of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s noble precepts and ideals regarding equal rights, privileges and love for all man-kind led to the Congressional Declaration of Jan. 15 as a National Holiday in his honor.
The public is invited to attend this inspirational and educa-tional program. For further in-formation, contact the Church at (954) 463-5126 or Brother Michael A. Robinson at (954) 831- 7258.