Invoking the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., acknowledging the contributions of interfaith efforts to decrease vaccine hesitancy, and paying tribute to his wife, the first Black woman to serve as vice president of the United States, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff on February 23 helped launch the Black Interfaith Project at IFYC in a White House-sponsored Black History Month webinar. Emhoff is Jewish and Vice President Kamala Harris, the daughter of a Christian father and a Hindu mother, was raised in the 23rd Avenue Church of God, a predominantly Black congregation in Oakland, California.
“As an interfaith family ourselves, we know that the same commitment to justice is a thread that runs through so many religions,” Emhoff said. “And because of that, diverse communities of faith are an inspiration to us.”
The hourlong event began with welcoming remarks from the Rev. Frederick Davie, Senior Advisor for Racial Equity at IFYC, and Eboo Patel, IFYC’s president and founder.