Before President Donald Trump took the stage at his rally in Phoenix, Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr's niece, offered the first prayer to the attendees.
After being introduced by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, King entered the auditorium to a rousing applause. Taking control of the podium, King went straight into the prayer:
“Dear Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, by the power of your Holy Spirit we come. Thanking you for your love, mercy, and grace. Asking that your mercy tempered the judgement we surely deserve. We pray in deep and sincere repentance, asking for your forgiveness of our sins. Where we should be living together as brothers and sisters, we, as a nation, have rejected your truth of one blood, one human race, and embraced racial division.”
During her prayer, King also called out abortion.
“We have slaughtered our weakest in the womb, the poor, the elderly, and infirm in the name of reproductive rights and social justice,” she said.
King wrapped up her time by leading the crowd in singing a verse from the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”