“Christ for a Troubled World” was the message as the Brooklyn Sunday School Union held its 187th annual Anniversary Day Parade.

Marchers assembled at Broadway and DeKalb Avenue and sojourned north to Stuyvesant Avenue, on to Fulton Park. Participating churches and community organizations included Wayside Baptist Church, Berean Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove Tabernacle, Trinity Community Missionary Baptist Church, the Holy Trinity Baptist Church, St. Phillips Episcopal Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cornerstone Baptist Church and Good Samaritan Day Care Center.

The Brooklyn Sunday School Union was founded April 8, 1816, for the sole purpose of improving the economic conditions of Brooklyn. According to some of the people of the day, “Conditions in Brooklyn were so poor that they would not live there for free rent.” A movement was started to change these conditions, and this movement led to the birth of the Sunday School Union. The first Anniversary Day Parade was held in 1829.

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Bryan Kearse is the president of the Brooklyn Sunday School Union, and Patricia Lett was the parade marshal. Entertainment for the day was provided by the Berean Community Drumline, the St. Phillips Drumline and Jauwon Jones, who rendered a solo. The Rev. Dr. Alan K. Hand, pastor of Trinity Community Missionary Baptist Church, expounded on the parade’s theme.

Persons desiring more information about the Brooklyn Sunday School Union may call

718-522-4317 or email BSSU@gmail.com.