Religious Group Mark 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

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Religious groups are among those marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with a series of events held throughout the country. At an interfaith service at the Mt Airy Baptist Church in Washington, a diverse group of clergy said they must continue to fight inequality:

Bishop Michael V. Kelsey: “We will never be satisfied with the injustice of our land. We will never be complacent until all have equal rights.”

Rabbi David Saperstein: “Through the work of our hands this week and beyond shall we pass that light from hand to hand, from heart to heart until the radiance of the promised land of peace and righteousness for all God’s children shines to the very ends of the earth.”

Speakers voiced concerns over poverty, voting rights, and immigration. Organizer Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner described the anniversary as a call to action:

“Faith by itself is dead apart from the action that would transform a hurting society. That’s what I think the church needs—just to examine itself, get out of the four walls.”