Fifty-eight years is a long time to do anything! But, for a community to gather annually to seek God together for 58-years is unheard of. The Greater Birmingham Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast is such an event!

Thursday, May 5, 2022, is the United States’ National Day of Prayer. On that day, The Greater Birmingham Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast Committee, Mission Alabama Collaborative Strategies, and other partners will bring together the Mayors of the greater Birmingham area for a special event promoting regional unity among the area’s municipal leaders. Held annually in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, the Greater Birmingham Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast not only promotes regional unity but also thanks to the men and women who have committed their lives to the service of their neighbors and country.

It all began in the 1960′s when a group of Birmingham businessmen gathered to plan a Billy Graham crusade at Legion Field. After raising the question about the continuation of spiritual focus for our city, interested parties determined that there should be an annual call by Mayor Albert Boutwell of Birmingham for the city to pray. The date was set in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.

The first Birmingham Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast was held in 1964 and sponsored by a small group of local businessmen who met weekly for prayer. The initial speaker was Bobby Richardson, star second baseman of the New York Yankees. Now in its 57th year, the Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast has grown to include the Mayors of all Jefferson County municipalities as well as government officials and business leaders from neighboring counties.

May 5, 2022, marks the day for this year’s gathering. As has been our history over the years, the event will be hosted by the Mayor of Birmingham, The Honorable Randall Woodfin. Mayor Woodfin invites the Mayors of all municipalities throughout the seven-county Birmingham metropolitan area to attend.

There is a unique and significant moment during the event when all of the mayors and elected officials in attendance are invited to the front of the room – and then all of the Pastors gather around the Mayors and officials to lay hands on them and pray for them. We are sure God smiles at such a moment!

We thank you for contributing to the legacy and ongoing heritage of the Greater Birmingham Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast.

The Establishment of United States National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of American heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, National Day of Prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition.




The First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer.



Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.



Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324).



The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May, (100-307).

We would be foolish if we thought there was one generation, one ethnicity, one gathering, or one person that could call this nation to prayer. The Body of Christ is beautiful in reflecting every nation, tribe, and tongue.

– NDP Chair, Mrs. Kathy Branzell

“Fasting and prayer are religious
exercises; the enjoining
them an act of discipline. Every
religious society has a
right to determine for themselves
the time for these exercises,
and the objects proper for them,
according to their own
particular tenets; and right can
never be safer than in
their hands, where the Constitution
has deposited it.”
— Thomas Jefferson, 1808

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