BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Creating change. That was the theme of the Sunday Inspirational Service in Biloxi. The event was part of the Martin Luther King Coastwide Celebration, and featured Brandi Harvey, the daughter of Steve Harvey, as the keynote speaker.
Harvey delivered a dynamic, timely, no holds barred message. Her recitation of William Ernest Henley's poem, Invictus, captivated the audience.
"It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishment the scroll. I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul," quoted Harvey.
Harvey said she had been wrestling with a topic, but this one just fell in her lap.
"Then I get this wonderful Twitter rant. I get this beautiful feed of Biloxi that just comes up yesterday of Great Americans Day," said Harvey.
Biloxi's latest controversy was heavy on her mind, and she used it as a springboard.
"I think with what's happening, and we talk about Great Americans, you cannot deny the power of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he did for this nation," said Harvey.
Her thought provoking message was a reminder to the black community that education is key and stereotypes are not definitive.
"We talk about doing the extra, to be that, you're going to hurt some feelings you're going to say some things that don't always make everyone in the room feel comfortable, but that's how change happens," said Harvey.
Along with honoring Harvey, committee chairpersons presented awards to various leaders in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties. The 3rd annual Medallion of service award to State Representative Sonya Williams-Barnes.
"I've always looked at this position as state representative as my opportunity to serve God's people," said Williams-Barnes.
That's what Harvey wanted to leave the audience with, a reminder that you have to be the change you want to see.
"There is nobody coming with an "S" on their chest to save you. Rip open your blouse, show the "S" on your chest. We're the people we have been waiting for," said Harvey.