Our County Executive asked the faith community for leadership and we delivered with hundreds of people and leaders from 10 faith traditions. Standup for the Montgomery Way was the theme for a rally affirming our values of inclusion and justice for all in the face of division, bigotry and hate.
We opened with an awesome National Anthem from People’s Community Baptist Church; next came the Muslim Call to Prayer followed by Buddhist and Christian prayers; and on from there came inspiring remarks by US Labor Secretary, Tom Perez; Senator Elect, Chris Van Hollen; Congressman Elect, Jamie Raskin; County Executive, Ike Leggett; County Council President, Nancy Floreen; Police Chief, Tom Manger paired with Rev. Dr. Carol Flett and our Faith Leaders Response Team and Emotional, Spiritual Care Volunteers; Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith paired with Lubna Ejaz and our Education Committee; and many more.
Here are pictures of the throng committed to living out the values at the core of our faith traditions and embodied in the resolution passed last week by the County Council and signed by the County Executive reaffirming community safety and trust, and denouncing racial bias, discrimination, hate speech, hate crimes and harassment.
Together we find strength and courage for facing the challenging days ahead.