September 15th – Friday

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:24

The First National Negro Convention began in Philadelphia on this day in 1830. The five-day conference was a groundbreaking gathering of free African Americans. Led by prominent leaders like Richard Allen and James Forten, the convention addressed the challenges faced by free African Americans and discussed strategies for ending slavery. Between 40 to 50 delegates from different states participated, debating topics such as education, legal rights, colonization, and ways to challenge stereotypes. Notable figures who attended the convention included Maria Stewart, a prominent abolitionist and women’s rights advocate, and William Lloyd Garrison, an influential abolitionist who later founded the anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator. This convention was an important step towards African American self-advocacy and the abolitionist movement, and set the stage for future conventions and the fight for civil rights. The final convention was held in Syracuse, New York in 1864 after the passing of the 13th Amendment.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the president and his Cabinet secretaries as they promote equity and address discrimination.
  • For members of Congress as they propose legislation to improve civil rights.

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