2014-01-25 / Front Page


By Scott Rawdon

LANCASTER- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message is just as important today as when Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, said Allen Chapel’s Pastor Evan Saunders.

“I think in today’s world, we still have to hold to his values,” he said. Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Saunders led a procession from the Lancaster gazebo to the First Presbyterian Church, symbolizing the Civil Rights March on Washington Aug. 28, 1963 .

Monday’s Lancaster march hosted local community and religious leaders, including members of the Black Interest Group, Lancaster Mayor David Smith and Baltimore Mayor Robert Kalish, who attended a commemoration service at the Lancaster First Presbyterian Church.

“(King) understood we all need to be treated as equals,” said Saunders in a phone interview Wednesday, where he said he was in west Columbus, seeing homeless people trying to shelter themselves from the bitter cold. Saunders said in the modern world, where technology and transportation allow cultures to blend together more easily, “We still need to treat one another as equals. We need to put our differences aside.”

Saunders said most people in the world would like everyone else to share their own religious and political beliefs. “That’s not going to happen,” he said.

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