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The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Love March

  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church 100 Lawrence street New Haven CT (map)

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love March was created to conserve the notion of nonviolence. This year's theme "Healing a Village" speaks to the importance of taking back our streets, our neighborhoods, and our youth. 

Consistent with the vision of Dr. King, we will march on this day rain or shine.

A tradition since 1971, this march is held in rememberance of Dr. Martin Luther King on the actual date of his birth. Presented by the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of New Haven, the march begins at 10:45 am from 100 Lawrence Street in New Haven.

For more information call 203-776-8262.


History of the March In the year of 1970, the Reverend George W. Hampton, Sr., attended the first service at the Church on the Green on Elm and Temple Street.  As he sat in the service near the Reverend Fosberg, he said to him, "I must go to my own church."  He got up and left for Shiloh. As he entered the church, he went to the altar and the Spirit of the Lord said to him, "Have a service in your own church and invite all people, black, white and others to attend." In June of 1970, the Spirit of the Lord moved upon him and said, "Have a March and call it the Love March in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because all people loved him.  On January 15, 1971, they had our first service and love march. They marched form the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 100 Lawrence Street, New Haven, CT by route of Whitney Avenue, Humphrey Street, State Street, and back to Lawrence Street.  On that day, the first sermon was delivered by Pastor Samuel White, Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 29 Grove Street, Stamford, CT. During the course of the following years they have been blessed with numerous city officials, ministers and local artist and pastors to deliver speeches and sermons. On January 19, 1999, Congresswoman Rosa L. Delauro made the Love March a part of our nation's history inducting it into the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. 

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