WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an era where many count on prayer for global peace, thousands held hands together at a highly inspirational Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Annual Prayer Breakfast on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner (President, Skinner Leadership Institute and Co-founder of the Annual Prayer Breakfast) offered Prayer for the Nation.
The leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) re-echoed commitment of the foundation, reflective of this year’s theme, “Celebrating the Vision, Continuing the Journey, Advancing the Mission.”
“Our vision is clear. We want the fundamental principles of liberty and justice to be the right of all God’s children,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of the CBC.
“The CBC is determined to align our prayers with the promise of this great nation. We understand that prayer has the power to change circumstances and to improve ourselves.”
Dr. Elsie L. Scott, president and CEO of the CBCF, said: “The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation continues to try to carry out its mission of developing the next generation of African American leaders on informing policy and educating the public.
“It has been the church that has served as our foundation for worship, praise, fellowship and activism. The Prayer Breakfast allows us to… meditate on where we’ve been and participate to keep us going.”
Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, senior pastor at the Empowerment Temple in Maryland, gave the Message.
There were appearances by Fred Hammond (singer/songwriter/producer/musician), Brenda Jackson (who creates a unique fusion of the Classic Opera and Gospel), and the Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel Choir.
“As seen at this Prayer Breakfast, we’ve always been people of faith,” Congressman Donald M. Payne (Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.) told Ib’s Blog in an exclusive interview.
“It’s been the church and the spirituality; when we were enslaved people, we always knew that there was a higher being and we would pray and have faith. And so this is a continuation of the experience for African Americans,” Payne said. Read full interview with Congressman Payne.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards told Ib’s Blog, “I think for all of our communities, which ever faith community we draw from, that our spirituality is really what holds to get us together as communities to take on all the hard work that we have to do.
“It’s just always wonderful to get kind of fired up and excited once again as people of God for the communities who are in need.”
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