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Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Recording Artist Kurt Carr to Headline CBCF Prayer Breakfast

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Stellar Award-winning artist Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers will headline the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Prayer Breakfast next month.

The event, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, will be held Sept. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in northwest D.C.

McKenzie, the first elected female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver a word to attendees, while Carr will host a worship. Also, for a second year, the CBCF will welcome back the liturgical dance ministry of Stacy J. & Unified Praise.

Kurt Carr
Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers perform for President George W. Bush and guests in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2008, in honor of Black Music Month. (Courtesy of the White House via Wikimedia Commons)

“The Prayer Breakfast presents a unique opportunity for attendees to unite in the spirit of hope, faith and love during the Annual Legislative Conference,” said A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF president and CEO. “As the inspirational high note of the week, we can raise our voices in song and praise while recharging ourselves for the vital work that is still to be done within our community.”

McKenzie’s election in 2000 was the first time in the nearly 200-year history of the AME Church that a woman had reached the level of Episcopal office. She has also served as president of the Council of Bishops, chair of the General Conference Commission and as the host bishop for the 49th Session of the General Conference of the AME Church in 2012 with more than 30,000 in attendance, including then-first lady Michelle Obama.

McKenzie currently serves as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, located in Texas. In addition to being appointed by Barack Obama to serve on the inaugural President’s Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, McKenzie is a member of the boards of Trustees of Paul Quinn College, Payne Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and the International Theological Center in Atlanta.

Carr, a songwriter, conductor and producer, is responsible for modern-day hymns such as “The Presence of the Lord is Here,” “For Every Mountain,” “I Almost Let Go,” “In the Sanctuary” and “God Blocked It.”

Proceeds from the Prayer Breakfast benefit the CBCF’s fellowship, internship, scholarship and research programs, as well as the foundation’s efforts to eliminate disparities in the African-American community.

A ticket is required to attend the Prayer Breakfast. To purchase tables or individual tickets and to register for the conference, go to www.cbcfinc.org/alc.

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