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RCC Adds Civil Rights Activist to Martin Luther King Jr. Event Lineup

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments

Activist and author DeRay Mckesson will deliver the keynote address at the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration.

The Reston Community Center recently added the civil rights activist to its lineup for the three-day event, which takes place from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21.

Mckesson is an organizer, activist and author of “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope,” which debuted in September. He has focused on confronting the systems and structures behind mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations, according to his bio.

He will deliver this year’s keynote address at noon on Jan. 21 at RCC Hunters Woods. Afterward, attendees can enjoy a family-style community lunch in RCC’s Community Room. Following the lunch, Mckesson will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

RCC’s Executive Director Leila Gordon said Mckesson’s own experiences will inspire his call for others to tackle issues “with integrity, commitment and awareness.”

“DeRay Mckesson speaks with urgency and the poignancy of his own lived experience,” Gordon said in a press release “He is among the new wave of leaders emerging to tackle the persistent issues of injustice, inequity and racial disharmony that infect and poison the American experience.”

Tickets for the lunch and keynote address cost $5 for Reston residents and employees.

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  • Mike M

    DeRay Mckesson would do well to get a real job. Then he may have some things to tell us worth hearing. Civil Rights activist? What exactly is that?

  • meh

    He has focused on confronting the systems and structures behind mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations, according to his bio.

    Will he focus on topics like gang shootings? Single family households? And other widespread/rampant problems in the community? OR is this just simply blame white people?

    • Conservative Senior

      How much is he being paid?

    • Mike M

      Well done! My benign comment got censored. Thanks Reston Now. I thought it was a rules based policy.

    • Logic for dummies

      Has it ever occurred to you that perhaps the reason why there are so many single family households is at least partly due to mass incarceration?

      • Greg

        There are about 2 million incarcerated Americans. Less than 2 percent of the population.

        42 million Americans are black.

        Has it ever occurred to you that “mass incarceration” is fake news?

      • Conservative Senior

        Commit the crime—-do the time!

        • Logic for dummies

          Therein lies the problem. Minorities are incarcerated at a much higher rate and for longer sentences than are non-minorities found guilty of identical offenses. Take a minor marijuana bust, for instance. If you’re wh!te, it’s a slap on the wrist fine and probation; if you’re bla.ck, you could be looking at serious time.

          • Mike M

            Is that because of prior offenses? I think you are not really wanting to look at the whole issue.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Has it ever ocurred to you that perhaps the reason why there are so many single family households is at least partly due to mass fornication without any birth control

  • Conservative Senior

    Why not have Dr Ben Carson speak. He has proven himself to be a great leader in the Black community & someone that can be looked up to & emulated. Last year Tamika was a very divisive choice & here we go again.

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