Thousands Congregate at CBCF Annual Prayer Breakfast with Spirit of Renewed Faith

United and fired up with prayers. Attendees at the ALC Annual Prayer Breakfast join hands and pray for the nation. Report and Interviews by Ibrahim Dabo. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

United and fired up with prayers. Attendees at the ALC Annual Prayer Breakfast join hands and pray for the nation. Report and Interviews by Ibrahim Dabo. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

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.

“Our vision is clear.” - Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of CBC. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

“Our vision is clear.” – Congresswoman Barbara Lee, chair of CBC. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

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.”

The church has served as our foundation for worship, praise, fellowship and activism - Dr. Elsie L. Scott, president & CEO of CBCF. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

The church has served as our foundation for worship, praise, fellowship and activism – Dr. Elsie L. Scott, president & CEO of CBCF. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

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.

Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, senior pastor at Empowerment Temple, gave a vigorous message. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, senior pastor at Empowerment Temple, gave a vigorous message. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

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.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Ibrahim Dabo reflect on the Prayer Breakfast. Photo Credit: J.K.

Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Ibrahim Dabo reflect on the Prayer Breakfast. Photo Credit: J.K.

“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.”

L-R: Rev. Howard-John Wesley (Alfred Street Baptist Church, Virginia), Rev. Carolyn Tyler Guidry (Consecrated Bishop of the African American Methodist Episcopal Church), Imam Yusuf Saleem (Masjid Muhammad, Washington, D.C.), Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant (Senior Pastor, Empowerment Temple, Baltimore, Maryland), Dr. Elsie L. Scott (President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc), Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (Co-Chair, 40th Annual Legislative Conference), Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (Co-chair, 40th Annual Legislative Conference), Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner (President, Skinner Leadership Institute), Congressman Donald M. Payne (Board Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Chairwoman, Congressioanl Black Caucus), Ingrid Saunders Jones (Senior Vice President, Global Community Connections, THe Coca-Cola Company; Chairperson, The Coca-Cola Foundation). Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

L-R: Rev. Howard-John Wesley (Alfred Street Baptist Church, Virginia), Rev. Carolyn Tyler Guidry (Consecrated Bishop of the African American Methodist Episcopal Church), Imam Yusuf Saleem (Masjid Muhammad, Washington, D.C.), Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant (Senior Pastor, Empowerment Temple, Baltimore, Maryland), Dr. Elsie L. Scott (President & CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc), Congresswoman Diane E. Watson (Co-Chair, 40th Annual Legislative Conference), Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (Co-chair, 40th Annual Legislative Conference), Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner (President, Skinner Leadership Institute), Congressman Donald M. Payne (Board Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Chairwoman, Congressioanl Black Caucus), Ingrid Saunders Jones (Senior Vice President, Global Community Connections, THe Coca-Cola Company; Chairperson, The Coca-Cola Foundation). Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

 

Brenda Jackson wowed the audience with an amazing performance. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Brenda Jackson wowed the audience with an amazing performance. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

 

Fred Hammond rocked the stage with songs of inspiration. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Fred Hammond rocked the stage with songs of inspiration. Photo Credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

More on the Annual Legislative Conference:
· SPECIAL REPORT: Obama Determined to Finish Plan on Strengthening U.S. Economy
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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation “Continues the Journey” with its 40th Annual Legislative Conference
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. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee reflects on the Power of the CBC Foundation Annual Legislative Conference as a Place for Inspiration and Empowerment
. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: We’ve always been People of Faith, Congressman Donald Payne Tells Ib’s Blog
. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Congressman Elijah Cummings Comments on the Need to Confront Issues Affecting People of Color
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Previous CBCF events covered by Ib’s Blog:
> “We Have Got To Reach Higher Heights,” Congressman Cummings Said At The CBCF “Economic Recovery Forum”
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