Ministers, Mayor March for Peace
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