The faith leaders of nine partnering churches in the Reston-Herndon area joined organizers from Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church Reston for their Faith and Justice Car Rally. The program took place in the parking lot of St. Thomas à Becket Catholic Church on Wiehle Avenue in Reston Aug. 27. Organizers requested that attendees remain in or near their vehicles, tune their radios to station 90.3, promote safe distances, and wear masks.
According to Herndon Connection, “The hour-long event centered on the words of the late civil rights leader, Georgia Congressman John R. Lewis (D), who represented Atlanta. “You must find a way to get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble,” said Lewis in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. The program brought together people from across the region. “We belong here,” said attendee Liz Eckl of Reston. “I want to stand up for what I believe,” said Carol Even of Oak Hill. “Black lives matter. I matter,” said Valerie Smith of Centreville.”
As per Herndon Connection, “Highlights of the many remarks by faith leaders included those by Reverend Clyde Casey, Associate Pastor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church Reston who gave the invocation. He prayed, “We have come out this evening to stir up America…so the church will not be complicit against injustice by being silent…As John Lewis said, we may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.”