Monday, January 16th | 10:00 a.m. | Loudoun County Courthouse Lawn
Families, friends, and community organizations from all over Loudoun County will come together on the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn in Leesburg for the Annual March and Celebration honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The theme of this year’s celebration is:
Community Power for Change & Courage to Create a Just World
Featuring Keynote Speaker Blake D. Morrant
Dean and the Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law
at The George Washington University Law School
Bring your nonperishable food items to Douglass Community center
between 8AM and 1:30PM for a FOOD DRIVE to benefit Loudoun Interfaith Relief
2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Schedule:
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM – Food Drive at Douglass Community Center
9:00 AM- MLK- Love to Unity Community Dialogue
10:00 AM- Program starts at Douglass. 2017 Program Theme: “Community Power for Change and Courage to Create a Just World”
10:00 AM – Marchers assemble at the Loudoun County Courthouse
10:15 AM – Invocation
10:30 AM – March begins – Courthouse to Douglass Community Center
11:00 AM – Refreshments and visiting at Douglass Community Center
12:00 PM – Speaker: Blake D. Morrant followed by music and inspirational performances
1:30 PM – Conclusion of program and clean up
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.
Read more in the Loudoun Tribune
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.
Read more in the Loudoun Times-Mirror
The Loudoun County NAACP is pleased to sponsor this event at the Arena Stage.
- You need not be a member to attend.
- Groups are welcome.
- There will be special seating and recognition.
- Information on bus transportation to the event TBA.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Read more in the Loudoun Times-Mirror