PHILADELPHIA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter asked God to “anoint” Hillary Clinton as president of the United States in the opening prayer of the Democratic National Convention Thursday.
“We ask that you anoint Hillary Clinton as our 45th President to lead us to become a stronger and more compassionate nation,” the Rev. Bernice King prayed, opening the final night of proceedings at the DNC, when Clinton will officially accept the Democrat nomination.
“You have created from one blood all nations to dwell upon the face of the Earth,” she prayed. “Forgive us for succumbing to any spirit that seeks to separate, divide, polarize, and antagonize us when you have ordained us to be ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'”
King included Hillary’s campaign slogans in the political prayer, telling God “indeed we are stronger together,” and asking God to “strengthen our hands” so that “love trumps hate.”
“As we prepare to hear from our nominee and go forward from this convention, strengthen our hands through the power of the Holy Spirit for the work ahead of elevating this nation to a place where unity trumps division, peace trumps war, and love trumps hate,” she prayed.
King had shared her vision for the prayer leading up to the convention, saying she felt a need to say something that will “awaken people to something important or help us bring civility to the environment.”
“It is a prayer, so we still working through that,” she told The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “But whenever you have to go before people, especially in this climate, it can be very difficult in terms of knowing exactly what to say.”
Clinton will take the stage Thursday night to give her first address as the Democrat nominee for president.
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