Moravian Celebrates Martin
Luther King Day

The Reverend James Alexander Forbes Jr. used his time at Moravian’s third annual at Martin Luther King Jr. tribute to praise the resilience of the American spirit.
The senior minister at New York’s Riverside Church, Forbes brought with him an engraved piece of World Trade Center steel, which was passed around the capacity audience in Prosser Auditorium when Forbes spoke at Moravian on January 17.

The piece made it through only half the audience, wrote a reporter for the Morning Call. “As it passed from hand to hand, people ran their fingers over the engraving as they read it, holding it for as long as they could.”

Praised for his inspirational preaching, Forbes was designated one of America’s greatest black preachers by Ebony magazine in 1984 and 1993. In 1995, he was named in a well-known survey by Baylor University in Texas as one of the 12 “remarkable and most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.”

He was the centerpiece of a service that included readings and choral music. The MLK Voices of Inspiration choir, conducted by Mark Andrew Miller of Church Without Walls, sang “God Is Able,” written by Miller to a text by King.

Forbes responded: “I bring you greetings from New York City, where we are learning day by day that God is able.”


Reverend James Alexander Forbes Jr.

Photo: Michael Wilson