Hamil R. Harris

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Civil Rights leaders lift up prayers marking March on Washington

They stood side by side in Mount Airy Baptist Church in Northwest Wednesday night, the aging Civil Rights leaders and … Continued

After Trayvon Martin, African American pastors vow to be more than worship leaders

Hamil Harris Normally when Bishop Samuel Kelsey talks about sodas and candy in July it is in the context of … Continued

Black pastors take gun control into their own hands

In the wake of Congress’ inability to pass a gun-control bill, a broad coalition of African American pastors has announced … Continued

Pastors weigh in on gay-marriage court cases

On Tuesday, Supreme Court justices questioned whether same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. On Wednesday, the court will … Continued

Obamas attend church prior to White House swearing-in

A boisterous chant of “forward” rolled from the pews of a District church Sunday , echoing the sermon and a … Continued

Area residents focus on music as a source of healing following shooting

Hamil R. Harris The Washington Post Young people at University Park Church of Christ singing during “Teen Worship Away,” a … Continued

Md. pastors were searching for solutions even before mass shooting

GETTY IMAGES Law enforcement officials monitor the scene outside of an apartment at 1313 Grand Street, believed to be connected … Continued

Redskins legends, local businesses feed thousands for Thanksgiving

Hamil R. Harris/ The Washington Post Tanya Snyder, wife of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, gives out food during the … Continued

Farrakhan inspires crowd at Bowie State

Hamil R. Harris The Washington Post Minister Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, speaking at Bowie State University, on Oct. … Continued

Obama’s debate performance surprises, disappoints local supporters

GETTY IMAGES President Obama speaks during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver. … Continued

Leaders gather for Congressional Black Caucus prayer breakfast

Hamil R. Harris/ The Washington Post The Rev. Derrick Harkins, director of faith outreach for the Democratic National Committee, Martin … Continued

Prominent black clergy support Maryland same-sex marriage

Hamil R. Harris The Rev. Delman Coates, pastor of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., talks about the campaign … Continued

Hopes run high for Obama’s speech

Four years ago Election Night, African Americans beamed with pride when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama stood before thousands in … Continued

Bishop McKenzie speaks at DNC, remembers Barbara Jordan

GETTY IMAGES Bishop Vashti McKenzie presents the credentials committee report from co-chairs during day one of the Democratic National Convention … Continued

Pastors: Battle to oppose Prince George’s County casinos isn’t over

Jonathan Newton WASHINGTON POST Gov. Martin O’Malley signs the legislation to expand gaming in Maryland along with Senator Robert Garagiola, … Continued

Chick-Fil-A protest spikes sales for Md. business

Hamil R. Harris Hamil R. Harris Crowds of patrons line up inside and outside of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Landover. … Continued

T.D. Jakes talks forgiveness

Hamil R. Harris The Washington Post Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas preaches at Jericho City of … Continued

Prayer Breakfast filled with unscripted moments

In a town where just about everything is scripted, the sight of the president, vice-president and members of Congress singing … Continued

Goshen church gives, even in tough times

Goshen church members helped prepare 30 meals for neighbors/ Photo by Hamil. Harris. Located in an industrial patch of Forestville, … Continued

Where We Worship: First Baptist Church of Glenarden:

A hush fell over the more than 2,000 parishioners at First Baptist Church of Glenarden as Nick Vujicic was lifted … Continued