To the editor:
It’s one week later, and people are still talking about the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Community Observance presented by the Hudson Interfaith Council Subcommittee Against Racism at Shiloh Baptist Church last Sunday evening. I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank all those who shared their time to make the Service of remembrance and thanksgiving as meaningful as it was. Once again, Mr. Quintin Cross was there for me. Thank you, Quintin, for introducing us to our Guest Speaker, Rev. Darryl Gray, and overseeing the arrangements for his visit. Thank you Mr. Victor Mendola (TKG Realty) for accommodations. Thank you, Greg & Elena Mosley (State St. AMEZ Church) and the Operation Unite NY Kuumba Drum and Dance Corp., for a riveting African dance opening, and being a part of the Service for the past three years. Thank you, Bro. Mark Bryant (Shiloh Baptist Church) for leading us in the program, job well done. Thank you, Rev. Ed Cross (Endless Love Temple) for your rousing opening prayer and Rev. Bob Costello (Rock Solid) for leading the responsive reading of the Litany for the occasion. You stepped up and stepped right in when Mother Eileen took ill and could not join us. Thank you, Bro. Ernie Wildman and Rev. Louise for your selected Sacred text readings.
Thank you Mr. Jerry Cordato and the Hudson High School Select Choir for lifting our hearts with your soul stirring selection once more. Thank you to other youth participants, Larry Walker Jr. and Landon Halstead (Rock Solid Church) for your selection “When We Pray” and Shiloh Liturgical Dancers for your interpretative dance to “Break Every Chain”, both powerful performances. Thank you, Shiloh Church, Church Choir, and master musician, and Pastor, Rev. Grant for doing what you do each and every time. It was my blessing to present you with a plaque in appreciation for 25 years in this service. Thank you to all our Elected officials who came out, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Supervisors Michael Chameides and Linda Mussman, Alderpersons Tiffany Garriga and Malachi Walker. Thank you, Common Council Pres. Tom DePietro, Supervisor Sarah Sterling on behalf of Board of Supervisors Chairman, Matt Morrell, and Mayor, Kamal Johnson. I thank each of you for your heart felt remarks and for sharing a favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote. Thank you, Congressman Antonio Delgado for consenting to make the Micah 6:8 presentation to graduating Senior, Pierre Jeune and doing such a great job, a memory I am sure he will treasure for the rest of his life.
It means so much to all of us that you found time amidst all the requests for your presence across the district, and the hectic schedule that day that you made your way to be with us. Thank you, Mr. Randall Martin, Martin AV Services for your complimentary service, also for the third year, and for making our Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award Presentation to our second recipient, Rev. Ronald Grant. As introducing this Award in our Annual Service was originally your idea, it was most befitting. A very special thank you to our Guest Speaker, Pastor, Human Rights Advocate, former State Senator, Rev. Darryl Gray. I can’t say enough about him coming to us from St. Louis Missouri, or the message he delivered “Toxic Tribalism”. All week I have heard from people who were inspired and motivated by the message He led us to reflect upon and remember key elements in the success of Rev. Dr. King’s leadership in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, as he expounded on a verse in the second chapter of the book of Acts. My deepest gratitude goes to our planning and implementation team, Sis. Darcy Connor (Salvation Army), Sis. Sylvia Macheski (St. Marys-Holy Trinity Catholic Church) Sis. Yvonne Rice (Shiloh Baptist Church) our culinary and repass team, Rev. Louise Costello, Publicity (Rock Solid) Sis. Christa Shook, musical guest coordinator (Rock Solid), Pastor Eileen Weglarz (printing).
Thank you, Rabbi Dan (Congregation Anshe Emeth) for your kind support. To all of you, who came out, contributed with your giving, those who came up after the service to express what the experience meant to you, and to those of you, who have approached me personally during the week to share your experience, thank you. Your presence, your comments have encouraged me, and makes all the work, challenges and obstacles along the way, worth it. Thank you, Mr. Cameron Melville for co-hosting with Overcomers Ministries a late dinner for Rev. Gray, Rev. Grant, Mayor Johnson, Majority Leader Garriga, Hudson Housing Authority Commissioner Martin, (and Mother Eileen) at Club Helsinki. It was a very special time for Rev. Gray to unwind and dine with some of our governmental leaders while sharing more of his experiential wisdom. It was important to me to let the public know and especially you who helped make the evenings success possible - how grateful I am to GOD for you. Last but most importantly, thank You GOD for holding back the hail, rain, sleet, snow and frigid cold, so we could gather as a community, in unity for this annual holiday observance. It was touch and go for a moment, but once again, You came through. Thank You!
Rev. Kim L. Singletary is the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Hudson