During the 1950’s and 1960’s the congregation was actively involved in the civil rights struggle and the campaign to overthrow Jim Crow laws. The congregation fought for LGBT rights and HIV awareness and prevention since then, and most recently in marriage equality, environmental and climate issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.
Left: James H. Thomas, 23, of Washington D.C., boards an Arnold Bus at 12th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW for a trip to Virginia on June 4, 1946, the day after a the Supreme Court ruling outlawing Jim Crow seating on interstate buses. Courtesy of the DC Public Library Washington Star Collection @ Washington Post.
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