Church Leader Hopes Obama's Victory Promotes Racial Healing

One of the nation

Mychal Bell, one of the Jena Six, center listens to Rev. Al Sharpton and Bishop T. D. Jakes talk at his father's home in Jena, La., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007.(AP Photo/Kita Wright)

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the nation's leading black pastors says he hopes Barack Obama's election to the presidency will promote
racial healing in the nation and in the church.

Bishop T.D. Jakes says that for African-Americans of his generation who were active in the Civil Rights movement, Obama's victory demonstrates enormous progress.

Jakes, whose Potter's House church in Dallas claims 30-thousand members, hopes Obama will now surround himself with godly advisors
and govern from the center to help unite the nation.

Jakes says Christians should pray that Obama will "plot a course that will move this nation closer to God and closer to a stable position economically and spiritually."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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