Iowa lawmakers, Gov. Terry Branstad, and community leaders came together for an annual Easter week tradition Thursday morning — the Iowa Prayer Breakfast.
This is the 53rd year the event has been held. It’s always held on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter to celebrate the beginning of the Easter weekend.
Hundreds of people filled Community Choice Credit Union this year to hear keynote speaker and legendary opera singer Simon Estes speak about the power of faith in his own life.
“If I would come home and a white boy called me the N word or hit me, my mother said ‘Now son, you get down on your knees and you pray for that boy.’ Well when you’re 8 or 9 or 10 years of age you say ‘Well mother I don’t think you understood what I said, he hit me and he called me that’ and she says ‘I understood what you said, but you still get down on your knees and pray for him,’” Estes told the crowd.
Estes didn’t disappoint members of the audience hoping to hear his world renowned voice. He sang a solo during breakfast.