Film Screening and Discussion: "All Souls Church, Ward 1 and Racial Justice"

Mt. Pleasant Library

Film Screening and Discussion: "All Souls Church, Ward 1 and Racial Justice"

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 7 p.m.

Jenice L. View, associate professor of George Mason University and member of the All Souls Church Unitarian congregation since 1959, will introduce the film she co-directed with Rahima Rice about the long history of All Souls Church as a force for social justice.
 
Following the April 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbia Heights community was one of the neighborhoods that experienced riots. The All Souls Church Housing Corporation came together to reclaim the housing and dignity of the community. It grew from a sense of “faith in action,” that befitted the church's history.

In the intervening 50 years, the Columbia Heights community has witnessed dramatic demographic changes, driven by political and economic forces outside of the neighborhood, including white flight, the rise and fall of black political power, the rise in immigration from Central America and gentrification.

The film explores 
the historical role of All Souls Church and the contemporary possibilities regarding faith in action. The library will screen this film again on June 16 and July 27, but without a panel talk.