Most Read: Politics

Read In

Now Viewing: People from around the country looking at Post Politics section

See what's being read across the country ›
44
Post Politics |  On Twitter Twitter: Post Politics |  On Facebook Facebook: Post Politics |   RSS
Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/24/2011

Obama family worships at Shiloh Baptist Church for Easter

President Obama and his family attended Easter services at the District’s historic Shiloh Baptist Church on Sunday.

As the first family entered the church from a side door at 10 a.m., worshipers stood and applauded.

“God bless me to live to see the first black president. God will change things, hallelujah!”said Rosa Peak, 84, who was among the hundreds of worshipers who arrived early to be part of the service. “I was so excited I forgot to make my Easter Eggs.”

In 1956, Peak made history when she walked into Southern High School to become the first black teacher to work in a white school in a segregated section of south Baltimore.

But Peak said teaching science and math to a group of white 12th-graders couldn’t compare to the day when Obama was elected to the White House.

From civil rights veterans to small children in their Easter outfits, Shiloh was filled with people from all walks life who joyously greeted the president and the first family to a church that was started by freed slaves in the 1860’s.

Long before the sun rose Sunday, people lined up to pass through metal detectors at the 3,000-member church in anticipation of the first family’s visit.

Despite an army of smiling Secret Service agents and D.C. police cars outside, people were rocking at the 6 a.m. service to the sounds of the gospel standard "How I Got Over."

Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, in the church's program, said, "We are honored to welcome to our 10 a.m. Easter service  President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha. Shiloh prays for the first family every Sunday and we thank God for the wonderful inspiration they provide to our nation."

By Hamil Harris  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/24/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company