Summit’s Martin Luther King weekend celebration and Day of Service were showcases of our town’s diversity and its strength as a community, and was a powerful reminder of the work we have left to do.
Dr. King once lamented that Sunday at 11 a.m. remained “the most segregated hour in America” – half a century later, two weeks ago in Summit, it was not so: Central Presbyterian Church hosted a beautiful Unity Worship service that, along with the Community Service at Fountain Baptist Church Monday evening, bookended an energizing weekend that brought Summit together across race, religion, and age.
That diversity was shown in full force at the Community Luncheon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, which celebrated leaders across the community, including clergy from various churches, City Hall staff, and small business owners. Participants gathered to share a meal that was in part prepared by the Boy Scouts from Troop 67, who helped set up, service tables and clean up. The event embodied the spirit of a line in the film Selma’s closing credits, building community “takes the Wisdom of the Elders, and Young People’s Energy”.
It was a tremendous privilege to attend these events and learn from the wisdom of our community’s proverbial elders. At the Fountain Baptist service, leaders such as Reverend Denison Harrield and Police Chief Robert Weck spoke about a shared commitment to our community. As a young person in Summit, I am inspired and invigorated by our town’s vitality, and look forward to doing my part in sustaining that energy in the year to come.