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Leap Year a Jubilee for Black Americans

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By Tuesday, 03 March 2020 09:51 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When peripherals collide, convergence is imminent: Reflections as 2020 Black History Month comes to an end last week.

Sitting across from President Donald John Trump during a landmark historic round table black history discussion, I smiled as he asked the group gathered whether we would like to be called "Black" or "African Americans"?

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(Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

As one, we resounded, "Black!" As a group, we went on to explain that while the reasons are complicated, the terms are acceptably interchangeable.

What was most compelling about the honor of sitting with the president of the United States and powerful and motivated peers was the air of transparency in the room. President Trump is an active listener and a consummate communicator. The atmosphere was charged with hope and vision; not racist, not colorblind.

Our ethnicity was there in the White House, for all to see.

"Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude." — Colossians 4:2 (MSG).

"We all bleed the same." — President Donald J. Trump

With America’s "Black History Month" now behind us, over the moon and back would describe the Black History events that occurred during the 29 days of Black History Month 2020. Presidential pardons, clemency, fair housing seminars, round table talks and more mark this landmark leap year. With President Trump, our most prolife president ever, at the helm, there are even brighter days ahead — especially for our babies in the womb.

"We don’t worship government, we worship God." — President Donald J. Trump

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(Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Thursday, after the round table discussion with black leaders, President Trump, joined by first lady Melania Trump, spoke at a jam packed White House reception honoring African American History Month.

The celebration this year coincides with the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment.

POTUS noted that throughout America’s journey, African Americans have enhanced — and advanced — every aspect of American life. “Their fight for equality, representation, and respect motivates us to continue working for a more promising, peaceful, and hopeful future for every American,” notes President Trump in his 2020 National African American History Month Proclamation:

"Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan."– Leviticus 25:10 (NLT).

As one who part of boots on the ground along with my goddaughter Angela Stanton-King and mentor Bruce LeVell, I am honored to have had the opportunity during Black History Month, to pray with our president, to hear his heart for the success of America, and to encourage and celebrate all the "promises made and promises kept" by President Donald John Trump.

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(Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Our movement today

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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As one who part of boots on the ground along with my goddaughter Angela Stanton-King and mentor Bruce LeVell, I am honored to have had the opportunity during Black History Month, to pray with our president, to hear his heart for the success of America.
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