ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism rally calls for social justice

March 13, 2018
Submitted by Jim Winkler 
President, National Council of Churches

The April 4 “ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism” rally, led by the National Council of Churches (NCC) is gaining traction and attention country-wide. An exact 50 years after the assassination of Dr. King, an estimated 50,000 people will travel from across America to meet in Washington, D.C. and kick start what the NCC is calling a "multi-year campaign to put an end to racism in our communities and institutions." 
Among the speakers at the rally will be Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Jennifer Harvey, Bishop Darin Moore, Rev. Freddie Haynes, Danny Glover, Esther Lopez, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, DeRay McKesson, Bishop Michael Curry, Phil Lee, Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Rev. Jim Wallis, Lou Gossett, Jr., Rabbi David Saperstein, Christie Duncan-Tessmer, and many others.

Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, will kick off the ACT NOW to End Racism event on April 3 with a prayer rally to Awaken, Confront and Transform, at the United Methodist Building at 2 p.m. Leaders from Baltimore-Washington Conference, Virginia Conference and others will also be in attendance.

The following day, April 5, is a National Day of Advocacy and Action. On the morning of the fifth, the Methodist Building will be open so that United Methodists may speak with leadership from the General Board of Church and Society, the General Commission on Religion and Race, and the Council of Bishops. The NCC will lead efforts to lobby legislators on Capitol Hill.

This rally will serve as a place for people of all faiths and backgrounds to end racism. Individuals from all over the country are invited to take part from April 3 to April 5. The National Council of Churches states that "A.C.T. to End Racism (Awaken, Confront, Transform) is our call-to-action to:
  • AWAKEN ourselves to the truth that racism is ever-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities.
  • CONFRONT racism, speak truth to ourselves, our communities and institutions, and stand against injustice.
  • TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and structures that shape society."
Individuals from all faiths and conscience are encouraged to use the hashtag #ACT2EndRacism to support and spread awareness of this event.

For more information, or to register for this event, visit

View the full schedule and flyer here