August 22, 2013

Churches raised funds, encouraged crowds at ’63 march

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The American Lutheran Church's contingent among the Lutheran Human Relations Association of America's (LHRAA) marchers at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Pictured are (L-R): Rev. Robert S. Graetz, Jr., pastor of St. Philip's, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Trinity Lutheran, Montgomery, Alabama; Rev. R(obert) Dale Lechleitner, associate director of The ALC's Board of American Missions; Rev. William A. Poovey, professor at Wartburg Seminary; Rev. Richard W. Solberg, professor at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and June Solberg. Photo courtesy National Lutheran Council

The American Lutheran Church's contingent among the Lutheran Human Relations Association of America's (LHRAA) marchers at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Pictured are (L-R): Rev. Robert S. Graetz, Jr., pastor of St. Philip's, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Trinity Lutheran, Montgomery, Alabama; Rev. R(obert) Dale Lechleitner, associate director of The ALC's Board of American Missions; Rev. William A. Poovey, professor at Wartburg Seminary; Rev. Richard W. Solberg, professor at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and June Solberg. Photo courtesy National Lutheran Council

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(RNS) Through passionate pulpit sermons, religious leaders helped bring busloads to Washington. Fifty years later, organizers are again turning to churches to help mark the anniversary of the march.