The Virginia First Foundation is pleased to share in the April 4, 2018 ceremony that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bishop Leon Benjamin of Richmond released this about the event:
"This is in Honor of the Life, Legacy and Leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was assassinated April 4, 1968 and will be incorporating a “Ringing of the Bell” Ceremony, which will be coinciding at 7:01 pm around various cities in the Nation along with other activities lead by the ADK Family in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will also be attending events on April 4-5 in Atlanta, GA. Bishop Leon Benjamin and other leaders have agreed that they will make a Proclamation of Jubilee in Richmond, VA signed with seals affixed and that area Pastors, Community and Political leaders must begin to stand in coalition now to make our Churches and Communities a unified and safer place for all citizens of local Richmond Metro."
In 1964, Dr. King was recognized for his work in fighting racial inequality through non-violent means and received the Nobel Peace Prize. Most notably, though, is Dr. King’s personal dedication to serving Jesus Christ. King said, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel of Christ. It still remains my greatest commitment.” The Virginia First Foundation shares in this commitment to the Gospel Jesus Christ as the foundation of moral society.
As an organization, we recognize the need for more church leaders to stand for the freedoms granted to us by the Creator God. In a time in our history where news headlines show division, the break down of the American family, the diminished role of the church, and an erosion of our Judeo-Christian foundations, now more than ever, we need leaders to rise up and speak loudly. We stand with Pastor Leon Benjamin, the Richmond area church leaders, and the Virginia Christian Alliance in denouncing racism, violence, and murder. We call on the elected officials in Richmond, and across this Commonwealth, to enact common sense public safety measures that will protect our students at school and our families in our daily lives. This includes ending the predatory practices of the abortion industry that leaves an empty seat at the table in the homes of African Americans in our inner cities. We call on the people to demand more accountability in the local, state, and federal government, and to work together in their communities, “to love thy neighbor as they self.”
Standing together as one people, citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and of the United States of America, turning to God for his divine wisdom, we call for unity and governmental reforms to transform our capital city, and Commonwealth, into a thriving community.