50th Anniversary of March on Washington: Event Lineup Beginning This Weekend

The March on Washington 50th anniversary eventsThe 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is almost here and the commemorative events have already begun. Throughout Washington, D.C., there will be ceremonies, speeches, round-table discussions and festivals all in remembrance of the rally that took place on August 28, 1963, a big day in civil rights history.

It was on this day that activist and leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his historic ?I Have a Dream? speech at the Lincoln Memorial. His words called for an end to racism in the United States.

Below, compiled by HuffPost Black Voices, is a list of scheduled events:


Event: Black Youth Vote! Organizing and Training Conference?

Where: National Education Association Headquarters, 1201 16th St. NW?

When: August 22, 8 a.m. to August 24, 11:30 a.m.?

Sponsored by: NCBCP Black Youth Vote!, NAACP, NEA, Generational Alliance, NAN Youth Move?Register: Invitation only; events@ncbcp.org. ?Cost: Free. ?Details: The conference aims to build young leaders with training events about strategic planning, voting and technology. A men-only session called “I Am Trayvon” will allow black men to discuss the problems they face.

Event: Women Leaders of The Movement: Past, Present and Future ?

Where: U.S. Capitol, Cannon Caucus Building, Cannon Caucus Room?

When: August 22, 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

?Sponsored by: NCBCP Black Women’s Roundtable, National Council of Negro Women, National Action Network in partnership with The King Center?. Register: Invitation only; contact events@ncbcp.org or edmedia@dogonvillage.com (for media inquiries). ?Details: Women leaders will discuss female policy issues and women’s contribution to the civil rights movement.


Event: “Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph & Bayard Rustin” 44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute National Conference?

Where: Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW?

When: August 23 to August 29. ?Register: Register at www.apri.org or contact Jan Temple at jtemple@apri.org or (202) 508-3710?. Cost: Prices vary. ?Details: The conference includes town hall meetings centered around topics such as race and poverty and voting, as well as youth workshops and commemorative ceremonies.

Event: Redeem the Dream National Summit and Reception?

Where: Independence Ballroom, 515 15th St. NW?

When: August 23, 9 a.m.?

Sponsored by: National Urban League, Memorial Foundation?. Register: Register here. ?Cost: Free?. Details: The summit will feature two panels titled, “We Shall Not Be Moved: A Watershed Moment for A Movement” and “The Next 50 Years: Freedom Forward.”


Event: Action to Realize the Dream March and Rally “Jobs, Justice & Freedom”?

Where: Lincoln Memorial ?

When: August 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.?

Sponsored by: Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network. ?Cost: Free?. Details: The National Action Network writes, “We will gather … to stand together against the recent attack on voter rights, against Stand Your Ground and racial profiling, and to continue to raise awareness on unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, gay rights and other critical issues affecting our nation.”

Event: Global Freedom Festival?

Where: The National Mall, 7th and 14th St. NW?

When: August 24, 2 p.m. to August 27, 10 a.m. ?Sponsored by: The King Center and National Park Service; The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom. ?Contact: Peggy Cusack at 50thanniversary@bctgroupllc.com or (404) 526-8900?. Cost: Free. ?Details: The festival will include four days of “education, entertainment and activities” focused on the “freedoms to participate in government, prosper in life and peacefully co-exist.”

Event: D.C. Statehood Rally: “Remembering The Legacy. Where Do We Go From Here?”?

Where: D.C. War Memorial, Independence Ave. NW?

When: August 24, 8:30 a.m. ?Cost: Free. ?Details: A short rally for D.C. statehood rights will precede the Lincoln Memorial march.


Event: “I Have A Dream” Gospel Brunch?

Where: Grand Ballroom of the Willard hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

?When: August 25, 2013, 11:30 AM?

Sponsored by: Willard InterContinental. ?Cost: $132 per person. ?Register: Visit washington.intercontinental.com or call (202) 637-7350?Details: At the hotel where King is said to have finished writing his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the Gospel Brunch will feature:?-Performance by opera singer Denyce Graves?-Dramatic reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and rendition of “Battle Hymn Of The Republic”?-Silent auction to benefit the King Foundation?-Sparkling wine reception?-Southern-style brunch.


Event: Conference On Civil Rights?

Where: The Washington Court Hotel, 535 New Jersey Ave. NW?

When: August 27, 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.?

Sponsored by: Howard University. ?Cost: $50 for adults, $25 for students ?Register: Register here.? Details: The Conference features panel discussions, speakers, open discussion groups on civil rights topics ranging from gun control to women’s rights to education.

Event: Panel Discussion with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.?

Where: 801 K St. NW, Roosevelt Studio?

When: August 27, 7 p.m.

?Sponsored by: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. ?Cost: Free. ?Details: The panel will analyze the impact of the March on Washington through the photographers who covered the event. Panelists include:?-Krissah Thompson of The Washington Post?-Eric Kulberg, photographer and documentary producer?-Jennifer Krafchik, library director of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.?-Derek Gray, community archivist.


Event: Interfaith Service?

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

?When: August 28, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.?

Sponsored by: The King Center; The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom; National Council of Negro Women; SCLC; National Urban League; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation; National Action Network; National Council of Churches, Children’s Defense Fund?. Cost: Free

Event: March for Jobs and Justice

Where: Assemble at 600 New Jersey Ave., ending at a rally on National Mall. ?

When: August 28, assemble at 8 a.m., march at 9:30 a.m.? Cost: Free. Details: “Veterans” of the 1963 march will lead a 1.6-mile walk through downtown D.C., accompanied by a bus used during the segregation era dubbed the “Civil Rights Museum On Wheels.” Check out the route of the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago here.

Event: The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration ?And Call to Action Ceremony?

Where: The Lincoln Memorial

?When: August 28, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.?

Sponsored by: The King Center; The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom; National Council of Negro Women; SCLC; National Urban League; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation; National Action Network; National Council of Churches; Children’s Defense Fund?. Cost: Free?. Details: President Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At 3 p.m., there will be a bell-ringing ceremony marking the time that Dr. King delivered his famous address.

Museum Exhibits:

Library of Congress: (10 First St. SE)?”A Day Like No Other: Commemorating The 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington” ?August 28, 2013 to March 1, 2014

National Museum of American History (14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW)?”Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 And The March On Washington, 1963″?Through September 15, 2013

National Museum of Women in the Arts, (1250 New York Ave. NW)?”American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings Of The 1960s”?June 21 to November 10

National Portrait Gallery: (8th and F Streets NW)?”One Life: Martin Luther King Jr”?June 28 to June 1, 2014

Newseum, (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)?”Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” and changing exhibit: “Civil Rights at 50”?A Permanent display starting August 2, 2013