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25 Indiana Ministers for Obama

25 black ministers hope to generate Obama vote

Part of a larger drive to get people to the polls, group says Illinois senator would bring hope, unity

By Robert King

Posted: May 2, 2008

Gathered where another Democratic presidential primary paused amid tragedy 40 years ago, 25 black ministers from across Indianapolis made it clear Thursday that their voter drive has a clear purpose: helping Barack Obama become the nation’s first black president.

In prayer at the spot where Robert F. Kennedy announced the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to a black crowd at a 1968 campaign rally, the Rev. Melvin Girton praised God for what he described as a “miracle” in progress.

“We believe, God, you have brought forth a man, in Barack Obama,” Girton prayed amid the circle of pastors gathered at the Kennedy-King monument, “to lead us during our time of need.” He got plenty of “Amens.”

The Rev. Charles Harrison, leader of the broader citywide effort among more than 100 black churches to get people to vote early, on Sunday, said such a pro-Obama view is not what the overall drive is about, and that some black churches are led by Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters.

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