Hindu Ritual performed as part of Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service in Nevada

MLK Service
From left to right, Jim R. Eaglesmith, Angela D. Taylor, Rajan Zed, Dolores Feemster, Gene Savoy Junior, Rebecca Willis, Michael Hernandez, Second Baptist Church Pastor Michael L. Randle.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Hindu scriptures: Rig-Veda, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita, reading in Sanskrit and then translating into English. He sprinkled a few drops of Gangajal water before starting his prayer in the Service held at Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada (UUFNN).

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, speaking on the occasion, talked about Dr. King’s visit to India, and his admiration of Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent resistance.

Angela D. Taylor, a community leader, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included International Community of Christ Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., UUFNN Senior Minister Neal Anderson, City of Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez, performance artist Jim R. Eaglesmith, People First Foundation Executive Director Courtney Bell, Mary Cooper and Daryl Feemster. International Community of Christ Reverend Mother Rebecca Willis read the benediction.

Musical selections were delivered by Second Baptist Church Choir, The Spirit Singers, and Power of Love. The congregational hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and a video tribute presented to Dr. King also formed part of the service.

Reverend Onie Cooper Humanitarian Awards were presented on the occasion to Dolores Feemster and People First Foundation.


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