A Rockville resident and others urged White House visitors to offer gratitude to the late president who preceded President Barack Obama in America’s fight for civil rights.
Prayer at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman joined Silver Spring residents Tyman and Arnelle Hardy in front of the White House with parishioners from South Carolina’s Kingdom Church Ministry July 27 to sing, pray, and remember President Lyndon Johnson for his role in signing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“This is an extension of our Pray at the Pump Movement. We’re hoping that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will find a way to recognize President Johnson.” Twyman said.
“Johnson paved the way and made it possible for our nation to elect a President Obama and now for us to even consider electing Hillary Clinton to the office of President. Johnson used the power of the presidency to get civil rights legislation passed at a time when our country’s racial divisions were far worse than they are now.”
The Pray at the Pump Movement was founded in 2008 to respond to the economic recession and the desperate circumstances many Montgomery County residents faced as a result of the economic downturn.
The faith-based movement used the vehicle of skyrocketing gas prices as an opportunity to pray for the nation’s recovery.
Movement members supported dialogues on race relations within the county and the Black Ministers Alliance’s vigils for the nation’s violent deaths involving police officers and African-Americans.
They found support from the South Carolinians who joined their cause in Washington, D.C.
“We came here from South Carolina because we wanted to be a part of history and we want our voices to be heard. We couldn’t go to the Convention but we are here and we stand with this movement to recognize President Johnson and all those who have gone before us to establish Civil Rights,” said Ingrid Scott of the Kingdom Church Ministry.
“The Johnson daughters (Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb) have been concerned that their father’s legacy and contribution to Civil Rights be remembered”, said Twyman.
“Given the kinds of concerns our communities are having with race relations, immigration and other issues, this is a good time to assure them that Johnson’s contribution to Civil Rights provided a major part of the foundation we stand on today.”