Postcard From The Shiloh Baptist Church

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Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)
Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Today marks 50 years to the day since Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington.

Anniversary events in Washington, D.C. kicked off with an interfaith service at Shiloh Baptist Church.

NPR's Brakkton Booker told Here & Now that the church was chosen for its history.

The black church was founded in 1863 by freed slaves and Dr. King gave a speech there in 1960 titled "The Negro And The American Dream."

Among those in attendance at the interfaith service was Marilyn Wilson, a D.C. resident who went because she feels faith is important to the civil rights struggle.

Harminder Kuar, who is originally from India, also was at Shiloh Baptist Church attending the service.

She traveled to Washington with her teenage daughter after learning that Martin Luther King was inspired by Gandhi.


  • Brakkton Booker, NPR producer in Washington, D.C.
  • Marilyn Wilson, a Washington, D.C. resident
  • Harminder Kuar, who has traveled to Washington, D.C. to partake in the day's events

This segment aired on August 28, 2013.


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