On Saturday morning, several hundred parishioners and guests gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for bacon, eggs, and celebration.
The prayer breakfast, organized by the Brotherhood of Shiloh Men, is an annual event held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the cause for celebration was extended to the imminent inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, spoke at the event, lauding the work of Dr. King and the election of President-elect Obama, but also reminding listeners that there are still obstacles of iniquity to overcome:
“If ever there was a time to remember Dr. King and all of the Moses generation, it is right now, at this historic moment – this mountaintop moment. The struggles that took us to this moment offer the inspiration, teach the lessons, and chart the course that will take us forward from this moment…
That road has been rocky. But our ideals are enduring. From this mountaintop, we can see the hardships that we have survived and the history that we are making. And, more than ever before, we have reason to believe that we as a people – and we as a nation – will reach the promised land.”