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Church to Hold Town Hall on Race in Our Community

by Karen Goff January 6, 2015 at 4:30 pm 5 Comments

Heritage Fellowship ChurchCan the recent racially charged incidents in Ferguson and Staten Island happen here?

Heritage Fellowship Church is inviting the entire community to a town hall on race relations this weekend to discuss what the future holds for the Reston area.

The town hall is Saturday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. at Heritage Fellowship Church, 2501 Fox Mill Rd.

The town hall, to be held in the church sanctuary, will focus on the power of faith-directed action to address injustice locally and nationwide.

Moderator of the discussion will be Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary, who will be joined by Del Walters, news anchor with Al Jazeera America and a panel of top Fairfax and Loudoun county government and law enforcement officials, community and civil rights activists, and youth representatives. 

Invited panelists include Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins; Shirley Ginwright, president, Fairfax County NAACP; Rep. Gerry Connolly;  FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler;  and Raymond Morrough, Fairfax County Commonwealth attorney.

  • Dexter Scott

    I’m guessing they’ll all get together and talk about how much they love whitey and appreciate all the good things whitey has done for them!

  • Rational Reston

    Judging by the panel/guests, by race the topic seems to be caucasian and african american. Hispanic, asian, indian, native american, pacific islander, etc don’t factor in?

    They should address race issues on the larger scale.

  • Cluster Tycoon

    Seriously… race relations?

    Back in March 14 “a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated activist whose organization recently came under fire for holding an anti-Semitic rally in support of ousted Egyptian
    President Mohammed Morsi will head a fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Gerry
    Connolly (Va.).”

    So Connolly really earned his spot on “faith directed action”. Wow.

    With respect to Raymond F. Morrogh (D), stated Oct 15 “It seems clear to me this defendant (Wolfe) was absolutely involved in this murder”, and said that right after it was already established that VA withheld evidence in Wolfe’s case, the case that kept Wolfe on death row ever since he came out of high school. Again, I think Morrogh also earned his spot on the panel, “addressing injustice locally and nationwide”.

    Now please all be seated and keep your mouths shut. Applause only when the curtains move.

  • Angie C

    As a Latina who is a member of NAACP-Fairfax Chapter and LULAC I am glad that this invitation has been extended. Although I will not be able to attend, I will share this message with others. My friend and colleague Shirley Ginwright is a devoted voice for people of color but she is just one. I implore others to attend if we are to have civil and open discourse.

  • Peace Now

    I happens that these are the people who are in positions of power. They were either elected by the people or were appointed. Most especially if they are white, shouldn’t they be in attendance? I’d think they should. As a white person with many questions and a lack of real understanding of the issues, I am attending. I am coming with an open mind–something I would hope that those in attendance will also bring. If we can’t ALL have an acceptance of each other, then we are never going to come to a resolution of the racial issues. I, for one, am as eager as anyone to understand that which I do not. But, this is a two-way street…and no one should be shut out because of the color of our skin. We all need to recognize that.


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