A “Friendship March” and program was held in Baton Rouge on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking speech on Aug. 28, 1963.

The Friendship March started at the museum and ended at the Mississippi River levee.

The program honoring the historic events was held outside the Odell S. Williams Now and Then Museum of African-American History with museum founder/curator Sadie Roberts-Joseph and included presentations by Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court Division B Judge Lisa Woodruff-White.

Also giving presentations were Southern University Law Center associate law professor Shenequa L. Grey, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge paster Steve Crump and community leader Joe Delpit.