Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington and his impassioned, world famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On Aug. 26, MSNBC revealed on Media Village its broadcast plans for Wednesday and beyond to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., the country’s most famous civil rights leader.
On Wednesday, Aug 28, MSNBC will present special day-long coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The broadcast will include live coverage from Washington, D.C. and New York City. Chris Matthews kicks things off with coverage from the National Mall beginning at 11 a.m. EST and running throughout the day. Following President Obama’s remarks at approximately 4 p.m. EST, MSNBC will present the entire “I Have a Dream” speech. Tamron Hall hosts the one-hour event.
At 8 p.m. EST, MSNBC will present “All In,” which will also air Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech with limited commercial interruption. Host Chris Hayes and his network colleagues will then provide commentary and reflection regarding the nature and scope of “I Have a Dream.” Viewers are encouraged to share their own thoughts on the 50th anniversary by using the Twitter hashtag #AdvancingtheDream.
On Friday, Sept. 6, Reverend Al Sharpton and MSNBC will present the TV special titled “Advancing the Dream.” The live star-studded, two-hour television event will include interviews and discussions with a diverse group of successful individuals including Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder, Condoleeza Rice, Magic Johnson and Cathy Hughes.
From the iconic Apollo Theater, Reverend Sharpton and his guests will look back at the struggles of the past, celebrate current achievements and look forward to challenges ahead. These individuals ranging from political and business community leaders to performers and athletes will reflect on topics including education, worker’s rights, income inequality, the opportunity gap and other aspects of the modern day civil rights movement.
Beginning at 7 p.m. EST on Sept. 6, the MSNBC website will live stream exclusive coverage of backstage interviews. Through these chats and a social media integration, viewers will have the opportunity to take part in the event from anywhere across the country.
"Advancing the Dream" is an initiative led by Reverend Al Sharpton to highlight efforts in communities across America to expand fairness, equality and opportunity. The initiative was launched at the Essence Festival, continued in Washington, D.C. for the anniversary of the March on August 23 and concludes at the Apollo.
The country has already begun commemorating the 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” and the March on Washington. According to NBC News, tens of thousands of people flooded the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall on Saturday. King’s son, Martin Luther King III, delivered a fiery keynote address and promised to focus on “issues that have stood in the way” of fulfilling his father’s goals.
To relive Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech, be sure to watch the video above and to the left.
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