James Clayborne Jr. an Illinois State Senator is in Uganda for the 20th National Prayer Breakfast organized by the Parliament of Uganda.
The strong Democrat who represents the 57th district in the Illinois Senate and previously served as Senate Majority Leader during President Barrack Obama’s first term, arrived in Uganda on Saturday for the event slated for Monday at Hotel Africana Kampala.
On Sunday evening Senator Clayborne was hosted to a high profile dinner at Serena Hotel on the eve of the National Prayer Breakfast event, where he attended as the Keynote Speaker.
The dinner was also attended by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah; Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ochan, Ministers and Members of Parliament.
The National Prayer Breakfast movement began in the US during World War II. Small fellowship groups of business and political leaders in the state of Washington began meeting together weekly to pray for their nation and leaders – while also encouraging each other to live their highest and best values in ways that would address some of the problems in their communities.
Many of these groups met at the beginning of the day – for breakfast – and that is how the term ‘Prayer Breakfast’ came about. It became an annual national event during the time of President Dwight Eisenhower. During his Inaugural Ceremony as the President of the U.S. in 1953, Eisenhower broke the custom by reciting a prayer that he had written himself – without prior warning to the nation. It made headlines in all the newspapers and had the effect of demonstrating to the public that even the most powerful political leaders in the world – can recognize that they are accountable to and dependent on God.
The first US National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 1953, attracted 500 people from across political divide including the then Vice President Richard Nixon, members of the Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Senate and House of Representatives. Since that time, no U.S. President has missed being part of this annual event.