Caribbean News Now reports that thirty four years ago, Neil C. Ellis (then a 16-year-old) wrote and delivered a speech in Washington, DC, discussing the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Now he is the youngest living inductee in Atlanta’s International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Bishop Ellis is founder and senior minister of the 8,000 member Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church, based in Nassau, Bahamas. He is author of many books including Fasting for Better Results (2006) and Pursuing the Glory (2010).
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On January 29, 2011, that once teenage high school student, now Bishop Neil C. Ellis, the senior pastor of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church in The Bahamas, entered the doors of the historic Ebenezer Baptist church, the spiritual home of the late Dr. King in Atlanta, Georgia for the induction ceremony as the youngest living inductee in The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at The Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. [. . .] Conferring the ribbon upon Ellis was the Consulate General of The Bahamas in Atlanta, Katherine Smith. Following the ceremony, inductees and their guests traveled to the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site for the unveiling of the footprints of the honorees, at which time each one stood in their own footprints and met the press representing 123 different countries.
[. . . ] Says Ellis of the notable honor, “God gives each of us an opportunity to live our lives in a way that makes life easier for others; I am humbled by the fact that in the course of doing what I have been called to do others even outside of our country, would not only take note of it but pause to celebrate it.” The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, created in 2004, is a popular tourist attraction in the city of Atlanta. Creator, Xernona Clayton stated, “This is a permanent testimony to those who have dedicated themselves to human progress.”
Bishop Ellis’ shoes, now embedded in granite, will be on display along with those of Rosa Parks, former prime minister of The Bahamas, the late Sir Lynden Pindling, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Bill Clinton, Dr Maya Angelou, former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis, baseball great Hank Aaron, Stevie Wonder and many others.