Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, DC on Saturday, August 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a Dream” speech. The Let Freedom Ring “commemoration and call to action” will be held on the National Mall in Washington, DC on August 28. The program begins with an interfaith service from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, followed by the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There are planned events from Wednesday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 27. If you will be in the area here are some events you may list to attend.
- Wednesday, August 21: Praise and Worship Service for 50th Anniversary Celebration from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, 1100 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20002.
- Thursday, August 22: Celebrating the Legacy of Women in Movement – Women in the Movement: Past, Present and Future Intergenerational Roundtable from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the venue will be announced.
- Friday, August 23: Redeem the Dream National Summit & Reception (http://www.nul.org) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at National Building Museum, 401 F. Street, NW, Washington, DC.
- Saturday, August 24: 50th Anniversary March on Washington National Action to Realize the Dream March and Rally (http://www.nationalactionnetwork.org) for “Jobs, Justice & Freedom” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC.
- Sunday, August 25: SCLC Worship Service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Howard University, Washington, DC, Convention Center.
- Monday, August 26: Legacy and Leadership Gala, time to be announced, at Capital Hilton at 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC. To register go to http://www.sclc.org.
- Tuesday, August 27: 9th – 12th Grade Educational Initiative, time to be announced and will be accessible via online streaming. To register go to http://www.thekingcenter.org.
As we view all the events that have taken place in the States and around the world this is a great time for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington as issues then are still ones that need to be discussed today. Even though this was a part of the Civil Rights Movement but it need to be said it is a “Human Rights Movement” for all in the States and issues that are happening through the world. If you cannot attend, please engage in conversation and see how you can be active in advocating equal rights for all.