Due to the social unrest in the nation, on Sunday, May 31, 2020, the Rev. George C. Gilbert, Jr. organized a small group of clergy to meet at the White House for prayer and a brief word for the people. There was a tremendous response from the community, activists, and social media, including clergy from the DMV area, who asked to be a part. Subsequently, the next day, President Trump invoked terror on protestors, to include, but not limited to, the militarization of police, mounted police, deployment of tear gas, and flash bombing– only to clear the streets, to use the St. John’s Church and the Bible as mere props for a photo op. Dr. Keith Byrd compelled Rev. Gilbert to call a conference call late that night, “Gilbert we got to go get arrested!”
Rev. Gilbert urgently hosted a teleconference where it was firmly suggested and acknowledged that an immediate response via press conference at St. John’s Church, voicing our disgrace, speak truth to power, and expand the movement’s focus of Police Brutality and Systematic Racism. The overall consensus of a June 2 virtual meeting with approximately 67 clergy participating, was to pursue the establishment of an organization that would be sustaining for years to come.