Faith leaders, including Al Sharpton, will gather “to cover” Congresswoman Frederica Wilson in prayer on Saturday at The Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal Church of Miami.
The prayer service is “an effort towards healing and unifying our community during these times of pain and conflict,” according to a press release distributed by Wilson’s congressional office Tuesday.
“Amidst the recent barrage of media reports is a grieving family and community,” Wilson said in the release. “We will come together with local faith leaders to receive special prayers of encouragement and restoration as our community begins to heal.”
Wilson has sparred with President Donald Trump over details of a telephone call that the president made to offer condolences to the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson.
Amid the sparring, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly claimed last week that Wilson boasted in 2015 about raising money for the FBI’s Miami field office during the building’s dedication ceremony. In a video of the ceremony — posted by the Sun Sentinel — Wilson discussed how she pushed for legislation to name the building after two fallen agents. No mention was made of Wilson securing the building’s funding.
Kelly called Wilson “an empty barrel,” an insult she claimed was racist. In tweets, Trump’s called Wilson “wacky,” and his press secretary Sarah Sanders called her “all hat with no cattle.”
Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s event, which will also feature a prayer circle including members of the African American Council of Christian Clergy “who will pray for representatives from each branch of the military,” according to the release.