Barack Obama proves to be a prominent area of focus for this year’s “King Sunday”
Wired PR News.com – Black churches across the nation devoted a record amount of focus on presidential matters on what many refer to as “King Sunday,” which is the third Sunday in January. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), churchgoers and preachers celebrated together what many see as great progress for the country in the election of President Elect Barack Obama in terms of racial equality, on the eve of the national holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most prominent civil rights activists in American history.
As noted in the AP report, prayers for Obama’s administration, leadership, and family as well as songs of unity were dominant features at many of Sunday’s African American church services in America.
Speaking about Tuesday’s Inauguration, Reverend Harold A. Carter of Baltimore based New Shiloh Baptist Church, is quoted as stating, “On Tuesday, Jan. 20, this nation will do the almost unthinkable…A black man will lay his hand on the Bible, one of the justices will lead him in swearing that he will uphold the Constitution. … Four hundred years ago, this was not supposed to be. We were brought here as slaves, as chattel.”
Also quoted in the report is the Reverend Dick Vogal of St. James United Methodist Church in Missouri, who stated, “This is a historic Sunday because on Tuesday, something that should have happened a long time ago takes place.”