A Congregation with a Civil Rights Legacy

From: 
Aspen Hill, MD
Hanging Black Lives Matter banner

 

The Church of the Redeemer, Presbyterian, located at 1423 Girard St. NE Washington, DC 20017 at 202-832-0095, established in 1958 during the early Civil Rights Movement, believes and supports the Black Lives Matter Movement and has placed a banner on the fence at Lafayette Square depicting our support. As an integral part of its Christian Mission, Redeemer has always viewed involvement in social issues and community outreach. It, therefore, has been positioned at the cutting edge of social activism. In the 1960's the congregation sponsored monthly Community Forums in the Fellowship Hall inviting luminaries including Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Benjamin Mays, Arthur Ashe, newsman Howard K. Smith, Rev. Jesse Jackson who spoke on issues focused on social and political concerns of the era. The forums examined issues such as the relationship between African-Americans and Jews, statehood for the District of Columbia, the state of race relations at the time and the challenge of serving the homeless.

During this time, also, the congregation forged alliance with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and hosted many of the meetings held by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and SCLC to plan for the 1963 March on Washington and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign. Redeemer has maintained its rich legacy of Christian service through a variety of educational opportunities for all age levels: enrichment program for elementary school students; a partnership with Taft Junior High School; provided scholarships, mentoring and tutorial assistance; teens enriched their leadership and oratorical skills while participating in oratorical competitions and annual seminars for youth at the United Nations; continued enhancement of community and national leadership opportunities through the Black Authors' Discussion Group and Toastmasters International . We acknowledge that much of our struggle still exists today and that we encourage and salute those who join in the fight toward justice and equality.

Category: 
Civic Engagement