Wednesday, August 21, 2013


This upcoming Saturday, August 24, 2013 the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will take place in Washington, DC.

The commemorative March will take place at the Lincoln Memorial along the historic 1963 route from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Global Freedom Festival will also be held that day on the National Mall from 2-6 p.m. 

President Barack Obama is expected to speak at the “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action on Wednesday, August 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. 

The President will also award a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, as well as 15 others. To learn more about Bayard Rustin go --> HERE!

The commemorative March this Saturday (Aug. 24) will also include speakers and groups such as: Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till; Congressman John Lewis; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME; Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA; Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA).

There have been varying estimates of the number of people expected to attend the March this Saturday. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier estimates roughly 30,000 to 50,000 people, while various media outlets estimate anywhere from 100,000 to 500,000 people will attend the March.

How telling is it that the purpose of the March 50 years ago (jobs, racial and economic equality for African-Americans, women's rights, etc...) are issues we are STILL fighting for 50 years later. #JusticeForTrayvon

The more things change...the more they stay the same!
The week-long 50th anniversary commemoration will include the following marquee events:
  • 50th Anniversary March on Washington Realize the Dream March & Rally: Saturday, August 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at the Lincoln Memorial and ending at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. National Conveners: Martin Luther King, III & Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network. Open to the public.
  • Global Freedom Festival: Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 at West Potomac Park. Hosted by The King Center & National Park Service. Open to the public.
  • The “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action: Wednesday, August 28, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. Featured speakers will include President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Hosted by The King Center, National Park Service, and the National Coalition on Black Civil Participation. Open to the public.
For more information and the full itinerary for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, visit

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