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Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk to speak for MLK Praise and Worship Celebration

McCormick’s 16th annual service, which remembers and honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place Friday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. CST and will be live streamed on McCormick’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The Imani Ya Watume Choir of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago will also acknowledge the contributions of America’s drum major for justice with worshipful renditions prepared for this service.

The first African American woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk will speak at this year’s virtual MLK Praise and Worship Celebration.

Let’s not worry about whether the world or our churches are ready for truth because truth makes room for itself. – Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk

From Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk, we are encouraged not to worry about whether the world or our churches are ready for truth because truth makes room for itself. And truth also makes room for truth tellers. Following in the steps of the truthful sheroes and heroes of the church, Rev. Dr. Delk has continued to open wide the doors of the church to all those who were once shut out of leadership positions. The call of church is “to the whole people and for the whole church, society and world,” she affirms.

Rev. Dr. Delk has fought for human and civil rights for people of color, children and the poor for more than 40 years. For her, the path to healing and renewal in the land is to engage in truth-telling and truth-facing. She sees facing the truth as a path that can set people free as well as a call for a new way of being, a new way of speaking and a new way of acting and witnessing. As people face the inequities and human sufferings that seem to be entrenched in this country, the spirit of truth can lead us to God's justice, she asserts.

In August 1963, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech, Rev. Dr. Delk was answering her first call to ministry as a director of Christian education at a church in Atlanta. There she met members of the growing Civil Rights Movement, such as Rev. Andrew Young, and seeds of a social justice ministry began to germinate. Her life and achievements have opened the doors of opportunity and possibility to anyone who seeks to renew engagement with the Spirit, be courageous in their prophetic message and build relationships across lines of race, class and gender.