Scattered pieces of a puzzle don't add up to
Put them all together and they make a
beautiful picture, said the Rev. Eli Williams of
Urban Light Ministries.
That's the case with many services to aid the
poor, Williams said Friday at the city of
Springfield's annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
"We must fit the pieces together," Williams
The event focused on poverty and
foreclosures. Bill Faith, executive director of
the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in
Ohio, served as the keynote speaker.
Ohio leads the nation in foreclosures, Faith
said, which can be caused by job losses, medical
problems, divorces and predatory lending.
He described a new state law to combat
predatory lending and future goals, such as
dealing with vacant homes and affordable
"It is incumbent upon all of us ... to carry
on the dream of Dr. King, not just for an open
society that all people can participate in, but
for economic justice and access to wealth
building," Faith said.
The event also included the presentation of
peacemaker awards to high school students and a
poster contest for younger pupils.
Mayor Warren Copeland urged the more than 300
guests to focus on uniting the community behind
the new combined high school, as he believes
King would do.
On the same note,
the Springfield High Gospel Choir held its first
performance at the luncheon.
Tolliver, executive director of MUZIKA, started
the choir of North and South high school
students to get them in the mindset of one
"Music speaks to all
cultures," Tolliver said. "This was just one way
of getting them to come together."