Senate could seat MLK successor prior to King Day
Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Rev. Raphael
Warnock and Jon Ossoff appear side by side ahead of their
Jan. 5 runoff elections, at a drive-in campaign rally at Pullman
Yard in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Dec. 15, 2020. REUTERS/
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One of the carry-over ironies
of 2020 will be revealed this
week when runoff elections in
Georgia decide two senate seats
and the future of the political
landscape in America.
Democrats are betting that
their candidate Raphael Warnock
will claim majority votes
over millionaire Kelly Loeffler.
A victory will also inscribe an
historic feat two weeks before
the first national holiday celebrations.
Warnock, a preacher is the
fifth senior pastor to serve at
Ebenezer Baptist Church, the
institution Drs. Martin Luther
King Sr. and Jr. advocated Civil
From the same pulpit the
Nobel Peace Prize winner
preached empowering sermons
before he was assassinated
April 1968, Warnock nurtured a
dream to political leadership.
Since Nov. 3, the southerner
has been winning notices from
press, public figures and even
the first Black president Barack
Obama who has campaigned
on his behalf to convince Georgians
that he is the most viable
candidate to represent the state
in the senate.
Warnock is up against millionaire
Kelly Loeffler who
reportedly has used $23 million
of her own money to win
President Donald Trump
believes a win for Loeffler could
salvage his deteriorating legacy
and has cleared his calendar on
the eve of the election to boost
On the same day, the 117th
Congress accepted the oath
of office, Sunday the outgoing
president pleaded with Brad
Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary
of state to “find” 11, 780
votes he believes could upend
the results of former vice president
Joe Biden’s landslide victory.
The president said he will
further his bid to claim fraud in
Georgia by campaigning for the
Republican ticket prior to the
Jan. 5 run-off.
Democrat Jon Ossoff is also
waging a fierce campaign to
join the winner’s circle this
week. If Ossoff beats Republican
David Perdue, the senate majority
would flip to a Joe Biden
White House dominance.
It took 15 years to realize the
third Monday in January as a
national holiday dedicated to
the legacy of Civil Rights icon
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Signed into law Nov. 3, 1983
by President Ronald Reagan,
a bill legislated the milestone
achievement progressive Americans
lobbied to secure.
Although marches, ecumenical
services, parades and community
clean-up events have
annually celebrated the southern
Baptist preacher, the Brooklyn
Academy of Music continues
to take deep bows for hosting
one of the most diverse and
largest tributes in the nation.
This year, with pandemic
restrictions in place, the 35th
annual event will be presented
online with virtual showcases
of the usual unrivaled honor.
Alicia Garza, co-founder of
the Black Lives Matter Global
Network is the keynote speaker
for the Jan. 18 presentation of
Brooklyn’s Tribute to Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.
The 35th annual celebration
will be digitally streamed free,
live at www.bam.org beginning
at 11 am.
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