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Rev. Netters finds National Prayer Breakfast visit a moving experience

 

When this year’s version of the annual National Prayer Breakfast got underway in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, the Rev. Dr. James L. Netters was there.

Special to the Tri-State Defender

When this year’s version of the annual National Prayer Breakfast got underway in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, the Rev. Dr. James L. Netters was there lending his presence and basking in the energy.

 
 Rev. James L. Netters with a small group of students that engaged him in an impromptu Q&A session during his visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

Netters, renowned pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church – Westwood, a former Memphis City Council member and a living African-American history icon – was an invited guest and was received by Faith Development, Inc. and its executive director, R. Benard Reaves.

The keynote speaker, Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Times bestselling “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” (Thomas Nelson, 2010), delivered a speech designed to inspire, urging attendees to follow the example of the martyred German pastor in boldly living their faith.

The high profile room of guests included President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Later that evening (Feb. 2), Netters decided to visit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial before traveling back home.

“His memorial is absolutely breath taking,” said Netters. “The highlight of my trip was spending time at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on a beautiful clear sunny day on the national Mall of Washington, DC.”

As he meditated on the memorial, a small group of students suddenly gathered around him with questions about Dr. King’s history and legacy. One of the young students, Kariah Shepherd, had been tasked by her teacher to write a paper on “Make the Dream Come Alive.”

Netters said he was overwhelmed.

 

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