Four community leaders will be honored this Saturday at the NAACP Stockton Branch Annual Prayer Breakfast in the port city.
The public is invited to attend the non-denominational event where the contributions of the following local clergy will be recognized:
- Rev. Ameilia Adams (Lifetime Achievement) For 25 years of community activism and programs with youth
- Rev. Thurnell Clayton (Community Service Achievement) For ministering to families surviving violent crimes
- Rev. Geneva Bell-Sanford (Health Achievement) For contributions to the Public Health of the African American community and minority groups diagnosed with AIDS and HIV
- Rev. Langston Sylvester (Education Achievement) For teaching contributions stemming from the Mayfair Seventh Day Adventist Church
This year’s prayer breakfast theme is “Prosperity and Good Health” led by keynote speaker Dr. Anthony Wallace, founder and Sr. Pastor of New Directions Christian Center in Sacramento. NAACP Stockton Branch President, Bobby Bivens, describes Dr. Wallace as a dynamic speaker who plans to address and encourage attendees to become more involved in community activities.
“Prosperity and good health means a lot of things,” said Mr. Bivens. “It’s not just financial—it’s about community. Making sure that we are healthy in the community, totally. That violence is eliminated as much as possible, and that churches play a bigger role.”
Mr. Bivens hopes the prayer breakfast will motivate African-American clergy to get more engaged and involved in community activities. Mr. Bivens says there is a misconception among some churches when it comes to being active in their communities. In some cases, churches mistakenly believe that community involvement can threaten their 501(c)3 non-profit statuses. A presentation during the breakfast will help to clear up those misconceptions said Mr. Bivens.
The prayer breakfast is sponsored by the NAACP Stockton Branch Religious Affairs Committee, chaired by Rev. Ronnie Murray.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization for ethnic minorities in the United States. The NAACP Stockton Branch is a local unit which has assisted the Central Valley community for 77 years.
NAACP Stockton Branch Prayer Breakfast
- When: March 31st from 8am-11am
- Where: Robert J. Cabral Building, 2101 East Earhart Ave, Stockton, CA
- Tickets: May be purchased at the door for $20
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