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Prayer Breakfast, Conference Room to be Named After Mayor Mann

The annual Community Service Award will also be given in Mann's name.

Mayor Setti Warren announced this week he is taking a couple of measures to continue the legacy of former Newton Mayor Theodore Mann. 

According to a press release issued this week, Warren will name in honor of Mann. In addition, the annual Community Service Award will be given in Mann's name.

The Community Prayer Breakfast, which was started by Mann in 1975, will be held this year at on Wed., May 23 at 7:30 a.m.

“Mayor Mann gave so much to this community, and was an inspiration to countless Newton residents, myself included,” Warren said in the press release. “It is essential that we preserve his legacy for generations to come.”

In addition to the breakfast, Warren will also name 's executive conference room (Room 209) after Mann. The room, which will be dedicated the evening following the prayer breakfast, will include photos and artifacts from Mann's tenure in office. 

Mann served 22 years as the city's mayor and before that was a member of the Board of Aldermen and a state representative. 

"The Mann family is grateful for this wonderful recognition of Ted Mann's accomplishments during his long tenure as mayor of the city he loved,” Mayor Mann’s widow, Florence Mann, said in the press release. “Teddy would have been honored to know that a room at City Hall would be permanently named in his memory and dedicated to his legacy and that the Prayer Breakfast he began to promote racial, religious and ethnic harmony would forever bear his name."

Adam Maleson June 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I'd rather see the legacy of the Bill Of Rights a.k.a. the First Amendment to the United States Constitution honored. Separation of Church and State is a fundamental concept of the United States government. That means, for those who need to have it spelled out, that the government is a secular and expressly NOT a religious organization, and that religious practices under the guise of government functions are expressly prohibited. The mayor holding prayer breakfasts or prayer anything in his official capacity as mayor is a direct and blatant violation of the First Amendment. Newton needs to lay to rest this contrived and bogus hero worship of the late great 20 years departed Ted Mann and get a clue about what America's guaranteed freedoms are supposed to really be all about. I don't mind if the mayor wants to have a religious leadership breakfast to meet with leaders of various denominations, but when that breakfast becomes a prayer meeting presided over by the secularly elected mayor it becomes a violation of the First Amendment. I would seriously like this nonsense to stop.

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