Rev. Joshua DuBois, former Special Assistant to President Obama and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will deliver a special sermon at the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church as it celebrates “Martin Luther King, Jr./Nelson Mandela” on Jan. 19 at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 1518 M Street N.W. D.C., only a few blocks from the White House.

Rev. DuBois, a longtime spiritual adviser to the President during both terms, and extending back to his tenure as Senator, recently released a book entitled, “The President’s Devotional,” a collection of 365 of what he considered the best readings and prayers he provided the President every morning. Known as the “Pastor-in-Chief,” DuBois speaks regularly about faith, race, culture and reconciliation on MSNBC, CNN, in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He will join Metropolitan’s Senior Pastor, the Reverend Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, in uplifting the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela during the King holiday weekend.

The inspiration for the King/Mandela Sunday, according to Rev. Braxton, is “the need for a citywide celebration that recognizes the interlocking legacies of Dr. King and President Mandela in the worldwide struggle for freedom.” Metropolitan is partnering in this event with the National Action Network, local NAACP chapters, Black Women for Positive Change, and a coalition of individuals and groups that the church convened last year to Stop the Pipeline to Prison.