Shirley Ginwright, president of the Fairfax County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will speak at Temple Rodef Shalom at 2100 Westmoreland Street on Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.
The topic of her speech will be about “building communities of trust between law enforcement and residents,” according to an email from Michelle Sandler, the communications coordinator for Temple Rodef Shalom.
The temple’s shabbat service on Friday, Jan. 15 will be in memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ahead of the federal holiday honoring him on January 17. Ginwright heads a local commission established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors called Communities of Trust, which is tasked with building relationships between area residents, especially those in immigrant and disenfranchised communities, and law enforcement.
Ginwright has also been vocal on the issue of police brutality and has been an active in social justice issues for most of her life. Temple Rodef Shalom’s senior cantor, Michael Shochet, who is the head of police chaplain for the Fairfax County Police Department, also serves on the Communities of Trust commission.