President Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic speech at the March on Washington by delivering remarks on Aug. 28 at a Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action at the Lincoln Memorial.
Obama, Clinton, and Carter, with King family members, will follow Dr. King's call to "Let freedom ring", by ringing bells at 3 P.M. EDT, a half-century to the minute after the civil rights leader delivered his historic address.
Groups across the country will pause at 3 P.M. EDT and ring bells to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Former President Clinton said, "Martin Luther King's unforgettable speech inspired millions of Americans to make a deeply personal commitment to racial equality and economic justice. Its wisdom and power continues to inspire us today. I'm honored to lend my voice to this important celebration of one of our greatest leaders and most historic days."
Former President Carter said, "It is an honor to participate in this ceremony as we remember a great man, a heroic leader and a noble message that still rings as true today as it did 50 years ago. This commemorative event is an opportunity to speak about Dr. King's dream of equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Dr. King's legacy remains an inspiration for us all on this special anniversary and will continue to for generations to come."
The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event is on Wednesday from 11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King delivered his renowned speech.
It follows last Saturday's 50th Anniversary March on Washington from the Lincoln Memorial to the King Memorial.