Joyner, wife honored for community efforts during King celebration
During the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at First Baptist Church in Oxford on Jan. 17, the Rev. Lacy L. Joyner and his late wife, Ernestine Jett Joyner, were honored for their efforts toward the improvement of human relations throughout Granville County.
The Rev. Nathaniel Davis presented a plaque to Joyner during this event recognizing the couple’s contributions. Davis is a member of The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, which sponsors the annual celebration program.
Since arriving in Granville County some 30 years ago, Joyner has strived to support civil rights throughout his community. He and other area preachers have tried to address the concerns of the local populace in regards to instances of injustice in the areas of educational, employment and the treatment of citizens in general.
In response, Joyner and others organized a group called the Concerned Citizens of Granville County, a church-based movement emphasizing non-violent resolutions. Over time, the organization has commanded the attention of politicians both statewide and nationally, as well as locally.
The plague bears the following inscription:
“We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” — Ephesians 2:10.