A sore spot with many Augustans is how they think others view Augusta. Many of us are sensitive to outsiders' perceptions of the Garden City.
In New York City on Saturday, Augusta will have an ideal ambassador.
The Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker Saturday evening at Manhattan's prestigious Riverside Church, in a commemoration ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks.
World leaders have spoken at Riverside. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela have graced the church. The Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "Beyond Vietnam" speech from Riverside's pulpit - one year to the day before he was assassinated.
Into this prestigious line of speakers comes the Rev. Moss, a nationally recognized minister whose dynamic speaking underscores the passion of his beliefs. The Rev. James Forbes Jr., Riverside's pastor, says the Rev. Moss' "knowledge of our culture makes it possible for him to correlate the gospel message with contemporary issues in an extraordinary way."
It requires an extraordinary speaker to address the aftershock of an extraordinary event such as Sept. 11. The title of the Riverside's daylong program at Riverside is "Working Toward a World Free From Fear." The Rev. Moss will preach on how Christians can responsibly handle the word's pervasive evil.
We couldn't be prouder. Augusta is fortunate to have such a model community and spiritual leader as the Rev. Moss, and should be honored to have him representing the best our city has to offer.