Ed King: The greatest tragedy that has occurred here is not just these deaths but the failure in the white community that has brought this about. That has brought this about, that has tolerated it. Many white people talk of being Christians. They are afraid of Christianity as much as they are afraid of you. And they are afraid of you. They are afraid because of a guilty conscience. Afraid that you would treat us as we have treated you. I don't believe it will be that way, but that is what they fear. So their fear allows a few men to commit murder. But it doesn't matter if a few men do the murders and burn the churches, the rest of the people are responsible. The white Christians of the city of Meridian, tonight, here, need your prayers because God almighty sees them and knows in his eyes that every white Christian that did not come to this church is no Christian. The symbol of white Mississippi is a burning cross as it has always been. A symbol of destruction of the Christian faith a symbol of destroying they say they are upholding and it is very interesting that they must burn the cross and leave it only a charred ruin, a thing with no power. But our cross is not a burned cross, it is the one cross of Calvary that is stained with the blood of Jesus, God's son. God gave his son for all of us and this is the cross that we follow the cross that means victory not emptiness and decay. The cross that means victory over death. The victory in this life. The cross that means we can forgive. God will help us to love. The cross that means we will have a new beginning, a new resurrection, a new birth. (end of speech)
Voice: Would all the members of the Meridian staff, corporal staff please come up to the front and join hands and lead in the singing of "We Shall Overcome." (song follows.)
We shall overcome (2x's)
Deep in my heart I know that I do believe
We shall overcome someday
We are not afraid (2x's)
Deep in my heart...
Benediction, given by Ed King:
Lord have mercy upon us. Christ have mercy upon us. Lord have mercy upon us. The God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the everlasting covenant make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is working in you, that which is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever amen.