Commemorating the anniversary of the March and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

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

Events are happening August 21-28

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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)

    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