Leaders gather at Shiloh Baptist Church for service commemorating March on Washington

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Celebrations to mark the anniversary of the March on Washington began with an interfaith service Wednesday morning at one of the oldest African American churches in D.C. 

It is only fitting the service took place at Shiloh Baptist Church. After all, the church was among the first to support the controversial young minister who was seen as a rabble-rouser in the Baptist community. In 1960, 3 years before his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached at Shiloh.

Wednesday, nearly 1300 people walked into the Shiloh Baptist church, including celebrities and city leaders, to mark a movement that started in the church. King's daughter, Reverend Bernice King, spoke before the crowd as well as several religious leaders. The interfaith service brought together all races and all religions.

The struggle for jobs, education and equal rights continue. It's a challenge that the younger generation must face, a challenge posed to the congregation by a powerful young Reverend Otis Moss III, who says we should not turn the movement into a museum.

"Each generation must go higher and higher...keep on stepping," he said.  

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