Special to the Daily World
The National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., under the leadership of President Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, will hold its 132nd Annual Session September 2-7. This august body of believers will gather for its annual series of auxiliary meetings at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The theme for the week will be “Solidarity with the Savior through Worship.” This theme and spirit will permeate through every meeting, event and activity that will occur over the week. An estimated 20, 000 delegates attend the Annual Session and expect even more for this Atlanta setting. Local businesses will find the delegates ready and willing to invest in the local economy. Delegates enjoy fine dining, local entertainment, and are guaranteed to patronize the local shopping malls.
Some of the highlights for the week include: Sunday, September 2nd at 7:00pm – Pre-Convention Worship Service featuring guest preacher Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. This event will be held at the Omni Hotel; Monday, September 3rd at 7:00pm – Pre-Convention Musical featuring a 1,000 voice choir. This event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center; Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00pm – President’s Educational Banquet featuring guest speaker and renowned Civil Rights activist Dr. Joseph E. Lowry. This event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hote; Wednesday, September 5th at 5:00pm – Banquet honoring Convention First Lady, Mrs. Josephine Scruggs, featuring guest speaker Judge Penny Brown Reynolds. This event will be held at the Omni Hotel; and Thursday, September 6th at 9:00am — President’s Hour / General Assembly featuring President Julius Scruggs’ annual “State of the Convention” Address. This event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The public and media invited to attend many of the general sessions and are invited to purchase a ticket(s) for any of the banquets. More information about these and all events surrounding the Annual Session and any other convention event can be found online at www.nationalbaptist.com.