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(Des Moines, IA) The 55th annual Iowa Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 7:00-8:45 a.m.  It will be held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Veterans Memorial Auditorium) at 883 5th Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50309.    

The purpose of the Iowa Prayer Breakfast is to bring together Iowa’s governor, state legislators, and community and religious leaders to join with the public to ask God’s direction and blessing upon the state. Starting in 1961, Iowans have continued this beloved tradition, gathering every Maundy Thursday to celebrate the beginning of the Easter weekend. People from all walks of life come to enjoy the reading of Scripture, listen to local vocalists and musicians, and to hear an inspiring message from a selected keynote speaker. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, First Lady Chris Branstad, and several other elected officials have committed to attend this year’s prayer breakfast. 

Dr. Alveda King is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King.  Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a recipient of the Life Prize Award, the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award, and the Civil Rights Award. She is a bestselling author, accomplished actress and songwriter, and founder of King for America, Inc. Dr. King currently serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is also a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, sharing her testimony of two abortions, God’s forgiveness, and healing. Dr. King lives in Atlanta, where she is the grateful mother of six and a doting grandmother.

The title of Dr. Alveda King’s remarks is “The High Prize – Now Is The Time.”

The cost to attend the Iowa Prayer Breakfast is $25 for adults and $10 for students. The reservation deadline is the end of the business day March 16th. To register, go to www.IowaPrayerBreakfast.com. For questions about reservations, email questions@iowaprayerbreakfast.com.

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