The Social Justice Committee of Falls Church and Vicinity


The Social Justice Committee of Falls Church and Vicinity is a network of community members, civic organizations and faith groups exploring how to create a local culture united in diversity. The Committee’s vision is to “honor the diversity reflected in the many faces of our one community” with a mission of engendering hope, respect and healing.

The Committee’s initial activities have included Social Justice Sunday (under the theme “Message in the Music”) following the Tinner Hill Blues Festival last year, a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program following the 2019 march arranged by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, and an interactive workshop entitled “Breaking the Silence: Having Difficult Conversations About Race.” Several new initiatives are currently under consideration.

Nikki Graves Henderson founded the Committee after the violent rally in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017, realizing that something similar could happen in any location. Her doctoral research at the University of Maryland, College Park – which focused on racial identity development and racial socialization – showed that racism, discrimination and similar attitudes are not inherent but, most often, are taught, learned through observation, based on fear of different groups or built on a false sense of superiority to other groups.

Building on a corresponding belief in learning with and getting to know one another, the Committee continues to evolve – exploring ways to build and strengthen relationships across differences while developing individual and organizational skills to address social justice issues affecting our community, with a particular emphasis on race relations.

Operating under the auspices of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation, Committee membership remains open to all. A network of more than 100 interested community members stands ready to respond rapidly to community challenges by linking them with possible solutions. A working group meets more regularly to work to turn ideas into reality.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about the Community Interfaith Forum on Hate and Bigotry on April 28 by clicking HERE.



Ms. Julie Kasten

Mr. Phil Christensen


Mr. Frank Burdette


Mr. Mike Everett

Upcoming committee meetings

Saturday, April 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church