7-year-old preacher brings down the house at Newark State of the City Address

NEWARK— Last night all eyes were on two of the youngest speakers at Mayor Ras J. Baraka‘s State of the City Address, who showed black excellence can come in the tiniest of packages.

Master Hilton Rawls, III, a 7-year-old preacher from Greater Grace Church marched out to the podium at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) to deliver the opening benediction.

Stony the road we trod!” Rawls declared, while pointing at the crowd. “Father, we thank you for this place. Father we...

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