Commemoration of Abdu'l-Bahá's 1912 Visit to Howard University's Rankin Chapel - April 2
On April 23, 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá – son of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh – visited Howard University's Rankin Chapel to address a diverse audience on the need for racial unity. More than a century later, the Bahá’í community of Washington, D.C., will commemorate this historic occasion on April 22 with an event honoring 'Abdu'l-Bahá’s call to eliminate prejudice and establish harmony among all peoples.
The program will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th Street, NW. A reception will follow the program. The event will feature keynote speaker Anthony Vance, director of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs. It will also include musical performances, writings on race unity and dramatic monologues by actors portraying Pocahontas Pope, the first African-American Bahá’í in Washington, D.C.and Alaine Locke, “the dean” of the Harlem Renaissance. The public is invited to attend!