Niagara Falls Native Reverend Dr.Silvester Beaman Delivers A Powerful Benediction at Presidential Inauguration
Western New York was well represented at the Nations Capital Wednesday for President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration when Niagara Falls native, Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman delivered the benediction. Rev. Dr.Beaman ended his powerful, spirit-filled prayer with these words.
This is our benediction, that from these hallowed grounds, where slaves labored to build this shrine and citadel to liberty and democracy let us all acknowledge from the indigenous native American, to those who recently received their citizenship, from the African American to those whose foreparents came from Europe and every corner of the globe from the wealthy to those struggling to make it…from every human being regardless of their choices…that this is our country..as such teach us O God…to live in it, love in it, be healed in it and reconciled to one another in it, less we miss Kingdom’s goal.”
Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman is a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and a longtime friend of the Biden family. Reverend Beaman’s mother still lives in Niagara Falls as well as his mother-in-law and five of his eight siblings.
“Niagara Falls is very dear to me. When I go home, I go to Viola’s to pick up my sub, I go to Mr. Ventry’s to get my pizza. … I go to Ted’s to get my hot dogs,” Pastor Beaman told 2 On Your Side last week.
Reverend Dr. Silvester Baeman is currently the Pastor of Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington Delaware.