Keynote Speaker: Brenda Welburn, Former Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education.
Tickets: Music and dancing featuring Bryan Fox and Friends will follow the Dinner Awards Program. Tickets can be purchased separately, in advance or at the door, for this portion of the evening for those who don’t plan to attend the Dinner.
Advertise: To submit an ad to appear in the program, please download this form. Payment can be submitted below or mailed to Loudoun NAACP, P.O. Box 2439 Leesburg, VA 20177 no later than September 25.
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Last week the Loudoun Tribune sat down with Loudoun’s top cop Mike Chapman and local NAACP president Phillip Thompson, to talk about policing, traffic stops, Black Lives Matter and more. The following are excerpts of that conversation.
Are relations between the African-American community and local police worse than in the recent past, or are incidents more visible thanks to body cams, cell phone cameras, YouTube and the 24/7 news cycle?
THOMPSON: Nationwide you’ve seen acts of violence against unarmed black men where there have been no consequences. When there are no consequences there is a concern that it’s open season. When you fly in a plane you’re taught to believe it’s safe until you see pictures of a plane crash. Then you start thinking about how safe it is. It’s the same thing with violence against young black men. Seeing it on television makes us feel less safe, and that adds to the perception that there’s a problem between law enforcement and the African-American community.
With everything going on, we haven’t had an act of racial violence here in Loudoun and my goal is to make sure it doesn’t happen.
In response to community criticism over the lack of diversity of its teaching staff, Loudoun County Public Schools is offering a “diversity training workshop” to all of its hiring managers this summer. A local NAACP leader says the effort is “a joke.”
The Loudoun chapter of the NAACP began pressing the school system to be more aggressive in hiring minority teachers in November when a school district report showed 88 percent of its teachers are white while 48 percent of its students are non-white. A community meeting on the subject was hosted by the school division and two parent groups in December. Shortly after the meeting, the School Board added money to its budget for the summer diversity training and to hire a personnel specialist to focus on the issue. The Loudoun NAACP says the school system’s latest efforts are not enough to combat the problem. The group says it plans on filing federal complaints about various “racial inequities” within the school system.
Young people: Do you know your rights and responsibilities if stopped by the police? Share your experiences and questions with a panel of youth and attorneys in a discussion of your rights and how to assert them. Be informed and stay safe this summer. Youth and adults welcome. Download flyer in English and Spanish.
Over the last 15 months since taking over as President of the Loudoun County NAACP, our organization has watched Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) flail its way through a series of racially charged issues with seeming abstinence to the fact that there is a community out here that is not only impacted by its decisions, but, more importantly is paying attention to those decisions. As with the attempt to name a public school after a long dead racist segregationist or the perceived effort to re-segregate schools in Leesburg, it seemed that the decision makers in LCPS either believed that the residents were not paying attention to their proposals or that maybe they could not read or conduct basic research on the facts. Either way, in both instances, when the public raised concerns, some of these decision makers decided to attack the people questioning these proposals instead of listening to the community’s concerns.
The Loudoun Chorale is pleased to announce the 2nd annual “Lift Every Voice” Choir Festival, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to be held on Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St. Leesburg, VA.
The program will feature musical offerings by the Chorus of the Old Dominion, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Chancel Choir and Trinity Men’s Chorus, the Loudoun County High School Chamber Choir, the Leesburg Presbyterian Church Choir, the Mount Zion United Methodist Church Combined Choir and the Leesburg United Methodist Church Choir – as well as the Loudoun Chorale. Each group will present selections and the audience will be invited to participate in two hymns. The festival will conclude with a combined choir performance with audience participation.
Guest speakers include Phillip E. Thompson, Esq., President NAACP Loudoun Branch, Kristen C. Umstattd, Leesburg District Member, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Mollie Christ, Vice Chair, Leesburg Commission on Public Art, Enrique Gonzales, Chair, Leesburg Diversity Commission, and Phyllis J. Randall, Chair at Large, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be collected to benefit Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Following the festival, the audience is invited to enjoy light refreshments with the participants. Any audience members who may be interested in joining the Loudoun Chorale for their spring season are invited to stay to observe and participate in their weekly rehearsal at Holy Trinity at 6:00 pm. The Loudoun Chorale thanks the Leesburg Commission on Public Art for their support of the “Lift Every Voice” Choir Festival. For more information, visit www.loudounchorale.org or call 571-207-5354.
Let us join together to raise a voice of love and neighborly regard that counters faith prejudice and racial prejudice. Let us see one another and be seen by our County as a united and loving people. Let us act faithfully – out of love, not fear.
Please join with other NAACP members, Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES and a growing list of Loudoun faith leaders to affirm our commitment to one another. A safe community is a united community, one that honors the inherent worth and dignity of every diverse participant. It is this kind of safe community that we wish to affirm for Loudoun County.
We will gather at 4:00pm at Leesburg Presbyterian Church for an invocation and brief prayer led by clergy from several faiths, and walk the three blocks to the County Courthouse square. We will hold a silent candlelit Vigil on the sidewalks at the intersection of E. Market and S. King Streets, across from the County Courthouse. Based on the number of participants, we may use the sidewalks on all four corners. Participants are encouraged to bring traditional quotes from their faith that represent how we welcome our neighbor, the ‘Other’ and the ‘Stranger’. We will place these quotes on placards (2’ X 2’) to be held during the silent Vigil. We will have candles available to be held during the Vigil.