Category Archives: Events

25th Annual Martin Luther King March and Celebration

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

For more information visit:,, call 540-955-8186, or email

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


Lift Every Voice Choir Festival

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 or call 571-207-5354.

Witnessing Our Faith in One Another

A silent Vigil for a diverse and united community

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.

Download this flyer
Download this flyer
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.

Continue reading Witnessing Our Faith in One Another

Forgotten No More: Slave Burial Ground Dedicated

Planted in rows more than a century ago, the pointy-topped fieldstones protruding from the ground in the woods along Belmont Ridge Road have attracted little—if any—notice in modern Loudoun County.

michelle_thomas_belmontThat changed Sunday.

The graveyard that holds the remains of slaves was reclaimed as sacred ground during a dedication ceremony organized by the Loudoun Freedom Center, which formed this year to tell the stories of the county’s historically black communities…

…Phillip Thompson, the Loudoun NAACP branch’s president, praised Thomas as a “powerhouse” in her dedication to the project, particularly in her effort to persuade Toll Brothers of the importance of allowing a foundation to take over stewardship of the land.

“These people worked for free and helped make Loudoun County what it is today,” Thompson said of the slaves buried at the site.

Thomas said the life of the slaves would serve as inspiration to future generations. “God did not bury you here, he planted you here,” she said.

Read more in Leesburg Today.

An American Story: Historical African- American Communities and Contributions

Loudoun County, VA Heritage Bus Tour
November 14, 2015

Making History Come Alive!

On Saturday, November 14, join the Black History Committee (BHC) of the Friends of the Balch Library on a heritage bus tour of historical communities: Leesburg, Waterford, Middleburg, Gleedsville, as well as, Oatlands and the Thomas Balch Library. Learn about the powerful citizens that came out of slavery to build with pride stable and productive communities which are also located along Civil War routes and sites of an unparalleled American heritage…part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. The tour will begin and end at the Balch Library, Leesburg, VA.

A mini bus accompanied by volunteer interpreters will provide historic narratives between visits. Important to note that our volunteers have lived the history as most have been born and raised in beautiful Loudoun County, VA. Organized by project leader and Cultural Tourism Ambassador (CTA), Alicia Cohen, and team of volunteers, the heritage tour aims to increase the county’s cultural tourism as it relates to its African American citizens, heritage and communities. Tour is also based on the BHC publication, Loudoun County’s African American Communities: A Tour Map and Guide.

Tour information below:

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $28.00 per guest (Introductory fee)
Register by: Friday, October 31
Meet: Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176 Contact Person: Alicia Cohen, or 703 606 3275 (cell)

To register before October 31, please use the attached registration form to mail checks or credit card information.