On April 23, 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá – son of the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh – visited Howard University's Rankin Chapel to address a diverse audience on the need for racial unity. More than a century later, the Bahá’í community of Washington, D.C., will commemorate this historic occasion on April 22 with an event honoring 'Abdu'l-Bahá’s call to eliminate prejudice and establish harmony among all peoples.
** 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium of the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage (1816 12th Street, NW). All are welcome. **
This annual commemoration usually takes place in Howard University’s Rankin Chapel, but due to ongoing repairs to the chapel, it is fitting that the event will be held at a community center honoring Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, a champion of justice who graduated from the Howard University School of Law.
'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Bahá’í Faith’s leading exponent and an ambassador for international peace, told the audience gathered at Rankin Chapel in 1912: “I am very happy to see you and thank God that this meeting is composed of people of both races and that both are gathered in perfect love and harmony. I hope this becomes the example of universal harmony and love until no title remains except that of humanity.”