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March 6, 2013

Dalton’s Starling named to MLK board of preachers at Morehouse

For almost 30 years, the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Atlanta’s Morehouse College has honored men and women in various walks of life who have exemplified the ideals supported by King. Dalton minister Nicky Starling says he was stunned to find that he will be among the honorees this year.

“I knew that I’d been nominated, but I didn’t expect that I would receive it. When I received the letter telling me I had, I was flabbergasted. I was shocked and very humbled,” Starling said.

Starling will be inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers on April 4.

The Rev. Ernest Andrew Brooks III, associate campus minister at Morehouse College, says the college inducts about 50 people total each year into the Board of Preachers, the Collegium of Scholars for academics and the Board of Sponsors for community leaders.

“For the past 28 years, we have held inductions in the King Chapel for those three boards. They number about 850 people currently, and board members can nominate others who they feel embody the ethic and the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their respective fields,” Brooks said.

Brooks said Morehouse alumni and the dean of the chapel, Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., can also nominate people who embody King’s ideals.

A retired police officer with a doctorate of ministry from Covington Theological Seminary, Starling has served as pastor of Greater St. James Overcoming Church of God since 1986.

“I’ve always tried to give back to this community because it has been so good to me,” Starling said.

This year’s induction ceremony will fall on the anniversary of King’s death.

“That makes it even more significant,” Brooks said.

Brooks said the honor recognizes individuals for their accomplishments.

“But it also acts as a challenge for them to continue, and to develop other advocates for the creation of the beloved world community, which was Dr. King’s vision,” Brooks said.

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