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With the continuing challenges of Black America in mind, despite our first African-American president, it’s a good time to come together. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In commemoration of that historic day 50 years ago, there will be a five-day commemoration of the original March at the original site – the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The first day, August 24, is the “50th Anniversary March on Washington National Action to Realize the Dream March and Rally” to promote jobs, justice and freedom as the original march did.
See a list of other activities surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington below:
Thursday, August 22
Covering Civil Rights: On the Front Lines, 7 p.m. at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (202-292-6100)
The Newseum, in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women, will host a free evening program where Bernice King, chief executive officer of The King Center and daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is expected to receive the NCNW’s 2013 Leadership Award. Moderated by Sirius XM radio host, Joe Madison, the event will also feature a discussion with Simeon Booker, author of Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement. The program is free and open to the public. Seats are limited and must be reserved at CoveringCivilRights.eventbrite.com.
Saturday, August 24
DC Statehood Rally: Starting at 9 a.m. at the District of Columbia War Memorial, Independence Ave. (north side near MLK Memorial) NW.
Rally participants will attend a short program entitled, Remembering the Legacy. Where Do We Go From Here? before marching as a group to the Lincoln Memorial before the national program to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington.
National Commemorative March on Washington
A commemorative march and rally along the historic 1963 route will be held at the Lincoln Memorial from 8 am-4 pm and a “Global Freedom Festival” will be held on the National Mall from 2-6 pm Among expected participants: Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till; Congressman John Lewis; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders, president, AFSCME; Janet Murguia, president, The National Council of LaRAZA; Mary Kay Henry, president, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Association (NEA); and others.
Sunday, August 25
I Have a Dream Gospel Brunch at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, 11:30 a.m. Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Featuring famed opera singer Denyce Graves backed by a Gospel choir, the commemorative brunch includes a sparkling wine reception, elaborate Southern-style brunch buffet by Executive Chef Luc Dendievel and a commemorative Martin Luther King keepsake. The program includes a dramatic reading from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and stirring rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” – penned by poet Julia Ward Howe at the Willard Hotel. Dr. King completed his famous speech at the Willard Hotel where he spent the night before walking to the nearby Lincoln Memorial. Cost for the brunch is $132 pp (includes tax and gratuity). For reservations, call 202-637-7350 or visit washington.intercontinental.com.
Note: The Willard InterContinental is offering two unique hotel packages:
Dream the Dream: One night, double-occupancy, August 24. Deluxe room, I Have a Dream Gospel Brunch and a commemorative keepsake. Rates start at $399.
Dream Discovery: Two nights, double occupancy, thru Sept. 2, 2013. Deluxe room, breakfast in Café du Parc, commemorative keepsake, tickets (Weds.-Sun.) for DC in Black: Civil War to Civil Rights Tour, a five-hour private tour. Rates start at $318, night (two nights minimum).