Min­is­ters, Mayor March for Peace

The Washington Post Sunday - - The Region -

More than a dozen min­is­ters, along with D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), other politi­cians and com­mu­nity lead­ers, led a march for peace yes­ter­day that called for a new com­mu­nity ef­fort to stem vi­o­lence.

“We need to set the tone to let peo­ple know that there is hope,” said Apos­tle H. Whit­ner of the United House of Prayer for All Peo­ple. His church’s brass band was at the front of the march that started at Ninth and O streets NW and went sev­eral blocks to a rally out­side the Kennedy Rec- reation Cen­ter at Sev­enth and O streets NW.

Apos­tle C.L. Long, pas­tor of the Dis­trict’s Scrip­ture Cathe­dral, or­ga­nized the event, which in­cluded the Rev. H. Beecher Hicks Jr. of Metropoli­tan Bap­tist Church, the Rev. Wal­lace C. Smith of Shiloh Bap­tist Church and the Rev. Wal­ter Faun­troy of New Bethel Bap­tist Church. Faun­troy, a for­mer D.C. del­e­gate to Congress and a civil rights ac­tivist, said the event re­minded him of a rally in the same area dur­ing the 1960s.

“Forty years ago, Martin Luther King walked through here with a group of pas­tors call­ing for peo­ple to re­new this com­mu­nity,” Faun­troy said. “As a re­sult, we trained drug ad­dicts and ex-cons, and a lot of th­ese build­ings you see to­day were built by them.”

— Hamil R. Har­ris

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