Leap Year, Black History 2020: Reason to Take Pause, Pray

Evangelist Alveda King
Director, Civil Rights for the Unborn

February 27, 2020

As I write this message, I’m on my way to Washington, DC with Angela Stanton-King to join others for a special African American History observance at the White House. It’s also “Leap Year.” So, as I go, I’m praying for a “leap of faith.”

Just a few hours ago, I was in the Georgia Mountains at a prayer breakfast. In DC, along with acknowledging Black History, we will be praying and networking.

“We don’t worship government. We worship God.” – President Donald J. Trump

When peripherals collide, convergence is imminent. It’s no coincidence that this leap year we find ourselves on a precipice overlooking a quagmire of American controversy in many areas of life; spiritual, emotional, financial, social and political.

There are so many soft edges, unclear murky gray and smeared boundary lines. In times like these, prayer and reflection are appropriate.

This year, I’m praying that America will do three things:

  1. Repent for our sins and turn to God.
  2. Embrace the sanctity of all human life.
  3. Reject the socially engineered concept of separate races and the socially engineered lies and divisive scars of racism.

We are all ONE HUMAN RACE. Our skin color does not define our race; our One Blood does. We may be different ethnicities; our skin color may be different hues; our cultures may be different. But we are still just ONE RACE, HUMAN. ‘Racism,’ ‘racial tension,’ ‘interracial,’ ‘race relations,’ and the such are all human constructs that serve to divide us.

This socially engineered system defies religion, science and biology. This macabre construct of separate races promulgates the lie of racism, the lie that we humans are of different races. This is a lie that the enemy has been spreading for decades into centuries. We need to change our whole perspective and way of thinking and see each other as God sees us, as valuable, living children of God created in His image as one human family.

“We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters], or perish together as fools.” – The Prophet Martin Luther King, Jr.

February is Black History Month in America. The nationally observed holiday was established by noted American historian Carter Godwin Woodson. As a respected author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, he was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.

Dr. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution, with the hopes that black Americans would one day be fully embraced in America’s historical accounts -- not separately, but inclusively.

This year, African Americans have new reasons to celebrate, and many are saluting President Trump for measurable gains in our black communities. We are grateful.

Leaping ahead through all that 2020 will bring, let’s pray for America and hold on to love and truth.


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