Reno Residents Gather On King Holiday

Reno residents of various faiths and backgrounds gathered at the Second Baptist Church to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday marked the 15th Annual Community Memorial Service in Reno
to reflect on the civil rights leader and renew his message of racial equality and diversity.

It will be 40 years in April since King was killed by a gunman in Memphis.

Angela Taylor, a pastor at Greater Light Christian Center, said the number of years are significant and symbolic.

Moses wandered the desert for 40 years, Noah sailed for 40 days in the rain, and Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights, she said.

"Forty stands for some things in the word of God," Taylor said.

"It's the year of suffering and the year of trials, it represents the year of going through, but also the year of preparation because after year 40, it is the year of something else.

"We can't do anything about the past 40, but we can learn from it. This is the perfect time to plan the next 40."