The second speaker, Pastor Walter Moss of the Foursquare Church in Canton, Ohio, said he is the third of four children of a single mother.
As a young man on a football scholarship, he
heard the call to ministry.
He is co-founder of the Pregnancy Support Center in Canton, which is the second largest in the United States.
In addition, he
wrote the book, "Why I'm a Black Pro-Life Pastor," as a response to the prevalence of abortion in the African American community.
"Looking at statistics of African American women who were having abortions," he
said, "I was blown away.
There's something wrong with this picture."
"The only race where abortion went up was in the African American community," he
"We're killing ourselves."
called for speaking up about adoption.
Other speakers included Rev. Clenard Childress, Rev. Walter Moss and Pastor Bruce Rivers, who had addressed the Issues4Life rally at noon in downtown Oakland.