Originally posted at TCPalm by Janet Begley.
Over the past 14 years, the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast has drawn some controversial speakers and some people consider this year’s keynote to fit in that category.
Dinesh D’Souza is an author, filmmaker and conservative activist.He is the author of more than 15 books, with his latest, The Big Lie, published in 2017.
Event organizer John Bona said there is an overwhelmingly positive response from the surrounding community for inviting D’Souza to speak at the March 22 breakfast.
“When Rev. Jerry Falwell, Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Phil Robertson, and others spoke at the prayer breakfast, they were considered controversial by some, and in media also,” said event organizer John Bona. “But the members of the community still received and appreciated their messages.”
D’Souza will be joined by Alveda King, the niece of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and a strong voice for the pro-life movement. She currently serves as a Pastoral Associate & Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.
D’Souza was born in Mumbai, India and moved to the United States to attend school on a Rotary Scholarship. Following graduation from Dartmouth University, he went on to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst.
D’Souza has had a prominent career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. He also is has created top-grossing documentaries including “Obama’s America,” “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” and “Hillary’s America.”
“His bestselling Christian apologetics books are an inspiration to many,” Bona said. “Millions of conservative Americans, Christian or not, also respect D’Souza’s sense of duty and courage to expose darkness in his books, films, debates and speaking engagements on college campuses.”
King is a former college professor and served in the Georgia State House of Representatives. She is a bestselling author and the founder of Alveda King Ministries. King has served on several boards, including Heartbeat International, Georgia Right to Life, King Center, Bible Curriculum in Public Schools and Abortion Recovery International (ARIN). She is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com “Insiders” section and a Fox News contributor.
Inspirational music has always played a big part in the prayer breakfast, Bona said, and Guy Penrod, the former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band will perform. Penrod is a popular Christian music artist who also has appeared at “The Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville. Penrod performed last year at the prayer breakfast and drew standing ovations from the crowd.
The first Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast was organized in 2005, drawing 1,200 people looking for spiritual comfort after the devastating hurricanes of 2004. It was originally known as the “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” because it was hosted by then Vero Beach Mayor Tom White. Last year, more than 1,500 attended the prayer breakfast.
Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast
What: 14th annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast
When: 7:30 a.m. March 22. Gates open at 7 a.m. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Indian River Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave., Vero Beach
Tickets: Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.verobeachprayerbreakfast.com.
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