As Christ Our Redeemer Church of Irvine prepares to host the 10th annual Orange County King Week that celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., senior minister Rev. Mark Whitlock dares invoke the name of our preeminent African American icon. Barack Obama? Check that. Despite the shamelessly hawked Obama collectible coins and dinner plates, Whitlock has it right when he declares, There would be no President Barack Obama if not for Rev. Dr. Martin L. King. To drive that point home, several events fill the week at Christ Our Redeemer, but its northwest to Second Baptist Church of Santa Ana at 11 a.m. Monday, the actual national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for the Ministers Conference Fellowship of Orange Countys Worship Celebration, which is billed as the largest event honoring King in Southern California.
Mon., Jan. 19, 11 a.m., 2009