BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Wesley United Methodist Church has been in downtown Baton Rouge for more than 150 years. It’s one of the oldest Black churches in Louisiana, and church leaders are inviting the community to join their commemoration for the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which happened August 28, 1963. That is when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Many of Wesley’s church members were on the frontlines during the civil rights movement.

According to the Rev. Dr. J. C. Richardson, the pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church, “King’s dream of the beloved community is not going to just come in on the wings of inevitability. We have to make it happen, and we at Wesley want the “Back to School Bash” and our first “Social Justice Sunday” to contribute to such a noble task.”

The church is giving away school supplies and will offer other fun events on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The “Social Justice Sunday” event is scheduled to happen on Sunday, Aug 27 at 10 a.m.

Both events are going to take place at Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government Street.