The United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to partner with the National Council of Churches (NCC), denominational leaders and members of communion churches, and ecumenical bodies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C., April 3-5.
Join this historic event as the National Council of Churches, UCC General Minister and President, Rev. John Dorhauer, and UCC members from across the country in this Rally and a Call to Action.
Call to Action
To finish the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and challenge ourselves and our neighbors to join in an awakening to truth-telling, leading to actions and activism in order to heal our nation, communities of color, and people of faith
A – Awaken the nation to the truth that racism hurts us all
C – Confront the ways in which we have been complicit, complacent, or coerced
T – Transform – as stories are shared and truth is revealed, name the ways we can change and be transformed: as individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities of faith, and society as a whole
Where: At sites across Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall
When: April 3-5, 2018
Tuesday, April 3: Prayer
- 6:00 p.m.: Orthodox Christian Bridegroom Service of Holy Tuesday
- 8:00 p.m.: Then and Now: An Ecumenical Gathering to End Racism
Location: Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral,
2815 36th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20007 – Click here for parking info
Wednesday, April 4: ACT to End Racism Rally on the National Mall
- 7-8 a.m.: Silent Prayer Walk to the National Mall
- 8-9 a.m.: Interfaith Service
- 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Rally and Call to Commitment
Thursday, April 5: National Day of Advocacy & Action
April 5 Itinerary
8:30-11:00: Training – Issue Platform Briefing and How to Do Effective Legislative Visits
Location: Historic Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 400 D St. SE
- 11:00-5:00: Visit Your Congressional Leaders
For legislative visits we expect participants to make their own appointments. Call 202-224-3121 for both the Senate and the House to make appointments.
- 1:00-2:15/ 2:30-3:45: Afternoon workshops (each workshop will be offered twice to accommodate schedules for legislative visits)
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE
- Moral Framing for Action and Advocacy
- Tools for Disrupting Racism – Internal Conversation for White People
- Finding our Voices – Grassroots Organizing for People Under 18
- 4:00: Debrief – St. Mark’s
Post Rally Gathering
Tuesday, April 4: Immediately following the rally get refreshed and energized to return to your local churches sharing what you experienced at the rally. Come and celebrate the launch of the ACT Now! campaign To End Racism. Our host will be First Congregational UCC located at 945 G Street NW. The church is 5-7 blocks from the National Mall. Receive more information about the multi-year efforts of the campaign to awaken your congregation to the ongoing work to end racism. Come and greet your UCC sisters and brothers from across the country.
Be part of the nationwide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and be part of this clarion call to the nation! Learn more and sign up for updates via the National Council of Churches.