Roughly 20 youths involved with the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative—an effort led by the Rev. Hal Garman, 77, a resident of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg—attended the 50th anniversary commemorative of the March on Washington on Wednesday.
The Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative provides mentors for school-age children in Gaithersburg and is a joint venture between Asbury, Wesley Theological Seminary, the City of Gaithersburg, the Montgomery County executive’s office and Montgomery County Public Schools.
During the 1960s, Garman was a doctoral student at King’s alma mater, Boston University. Beloved Community was inspired by a metaphor King used in his speeches.
Before the group left, Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz bid them farewell, as they met up at Gaithersburg Elementary School on Wednesday morning.
The folks from Asbury Methodist provided Patch with this clip.
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected since it was initially published to correct the spelling of the Mayor of Gaithersburg's name—Sidney Katz.