This upcoming week is the 50th Anniversary of the historical walk on Washington that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led. In 1963 this was a walk for racial and economical equality in this country. Millions came together in solidarity to move this country forward. The “I Have a Dream” Speech resonates with us all today as it did 50 years ago. The March for Jobs & Freedom in 1963 is eerily similar to the march that will take place Saturday, August 23, 2013. The mission of the march will be to “Realize the Dream” and “Jobs, Justice and Freedom.” This begs the question how much progress have we made as a nation but hopefully these series of events will awake the American public on the changes needed. The March at the Lincoln Memorial will be lead by Rev. Al Sharption of the National Action News Network and Martin Luther King III. The families of Trayvon Martin and Emmitt Till will be present speaking on behalf of justice and equality needed in this country. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of people will be in attendance to come together to fight for what they believe in. Below are the events taking place Saturday and Wednesday. Wednesday is the exact 50 year Anniversary of the Walk on Washington. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will be speaking in memory and commeration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Here are the events taking place this week:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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: Republican National Committee Commemorative Event Where: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE When: August 26, Noon to 2 p.m. Sponsored by: RNC Register: RSVP by August 21 to KQHartsfield@rnchq.org due to limited seating. Details: Big names include RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
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.
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