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Key Events During the March on Washington's 50th Anniversary

Events are happening August 21-28

By Amber Ferguson
|  Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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Key Events of the Anniversary

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U.S. President Barack Obama will speak on Aug. 28 at the March on Washington's 50th Anniversary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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More than 200,000 people from across the nation traveled to the National Mall for the March on Washington for Jobs and Equality on Aug. 28, 1963.

Fifty years later, the city is celebrating the anniversary of the historic march by hosting numerous events including faith services at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, youth educational programs and a speech by President Obama.

Here are the major events during the anniversary:

  • A 50th anniversary march and rally will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. The "National Action to Realize the Dream" event has been convened by Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network. Speakers include Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Congressman John Lewis, Attorney General Eric Holder, Myrlie Evers-Williams and the families of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin.
     
  • The Global Freedom Festival will be held on the National Mall, Aug. 24 through Aug. 27. It's open to the public and is hosted by the King Center and the National Park Service.
  • The Commemorative Concert of the 57th Annual SCLC International Convention will be held at the Washington Convention Center on Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Newseum is hosting a special event, "Reflections on the March on Washington and I Have a Dream Speech 50 Years Later: A Conversation" with Simeon Booker, author of Shocking the Conscience, Aug. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.
     
  • President Barack Obama will stand at the Lincoln Memorial to give a speech Aug. 28, commemorating Dr. King's speech in the same location 50 years ago. The "Let Freedom Ring" Ceremony will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features speeches from Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the March on Washington in 1963; Ambassador Andrew Young; and Oprah Winfrey, among others.

Here's the complete list of events during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:

Wednesday, August 21

Praise and Worship Service for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington
Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mt. Airy Baptist Church
1100 N. Capitol St. NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Capacity: 1,500

Thursday, August 22

Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement
Protect Our Voting Rights & Social Justice Youth Organizing Training
10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership Training Conference

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: National Education Association
1201 16th St. NW
Hosted by the NCBCP Black Youth Black Youth Vote!, NAACP, NEA, Generational Alliance,
NAN Youth Move
Register at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Celebrating the Legacy of Women in the Movement: Past Present and Future
An Intergenerational Roundtable

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: U.S. Capitol, Cannon Caucus Room of the Cannon Caucus Building
Invitation required; to register go to www.ncbcp.org

Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph & Bayard Rustin
44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute National Conference

Time: Kickoff at 2 p.m.; conference continues through Aug. 27
Location: Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Hosted by A. Philip Randolph Institute
To register, go to www.apri.org

Reflections on the March on Washington and I Have a Dream Speech 50 Years Later:
A Conversation with Simeon Booker, author, Shocking the Conscience

Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Location: The Newseum  
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Friday, August 23

Drum Majors For Justice Redeem the Dream National Summit
Time: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel
1000 H St. NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Drum Majors For Justice Future Leaders Celebration
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Freedom Plaza
14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Redeem the Dream National Summit and Reception
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian Institution)
950 Independence Ave. SW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement
Protect Our Voting Rights & Social Justice Youth Organizing Training
10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership Training Conference

Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Location: National Education Association  
1201 16th St. NW
Hosted by NCBCP Black Youth Black Youth Vote!, NAACP, NEA, Generational Alliance & NAN Youth Move
To register go to www.ncbcp.org

National Town Hall Meeting on Poverty & Economic Empowerment
Moving Together, Moving Forward: Jobs and Freedom
57th Annual SCLC International Convention

Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.   
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Hosted by Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC Poverty Institute
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
To register go to http://www.nationalsclc.org

Youth Mass Meeting & Pre-March Rally
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Metropolitan A. M. E. Church (tentative)
1518 M St. NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Commemorative Concert
57th Annual SCLC International Convention

Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Hosted by Southern Christian Leadership Conference
To register, go to www.nationalsclc.org

Saturday, August 24

50th Anniversary March on Washington National Action to Realize the Dream March & Rally
“Jobs, Justice & Freedom”

Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Location: Lincoln Memorial  
National Conveners: Martin Luther King, III & Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Global Freedom Festival
Time: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.; continues through Aug. 27
Location: The National Mall  7th & 14th streets NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sunday, August 25

"I Have a Dream" Gospel Brunch with Denyce Graves
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Willard, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
For tickets, click here.

Monday, August 26

Bayard Rustin Forum on Human Rights
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
Location: Lincoln Theatre 1215 U St. NW
www.apri.org

SCLC Legacy & Leadership Gala
Time: TBD
Location: Capital Hilton 1001 16th St. NW
www.sclc.org

Tuesday, August 27

50th Anniversary March on Washington Conference on Civil Rights: "Marching Forward By Looking Back"
Location: Howard University
To register, click here.

Virtual Education Panel: "50 Years of Struggle; Youth Driving Economics, Education and Social Change"
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: School Without Walls (streamed online)
To watch, click here.

Wednesday, August 28

Interfaith Service  
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Location: Shiloh Baptist Church
Invitation Required

March for Jobs and Justice
Time: The march will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Participants will assemble at 600 New Jersey Ave. NW at 8 a.m. and proceed to the United States Department of Labor at 200 Constitution Ave., and then to the United States Department of Justice at 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The march will end at a rally on the National Mall.

“Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; worldwide bell ringing at 3 p.m. EST
Location: The Lincoln Memorial
Speaker: President Barack Obama. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also are expected to attend.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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