Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
PBS NewsHour continues coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Watch the player above all day Aug. 28 for a live stream of events and speeches from Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Then at 6 p.m. you can watch the PBS NewsHour broadcast that will feature an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama.
Watch speeches from Wednesday’s events on the National Mall in this playlist above.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Realize the Dream March and Rally
Organizer: National Action Network
Place: The Lincoln Memorial
Time: 8 a.m.
Event Details: Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till, Rep. John Lewis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer will speak.
At 23, John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington. Now a congressman from Georgia, Rep. Lewis inspired the crowds gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 50th anniversary of the march.
Global Freedom Festival
Organizer: The King Center and National Park Service
Location: The National Mall
Time: August 24, 2p.m. to August 27, 10 a.m.
Event Details: “Global Freedom Festival will open on the mall, and will include four days of education, entertainment and activities that focus on advancing the three freedoms previously mentioned, provided by individuals and organizations from throughout the world.”
Monday, Aug. 26
Republican National Committee Commemorative Event
Organizer: Republican National Committee
Location: Capitol Hill Club
Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Event Details: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Former Rep. Allen West will offer remarks.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
A Global Perspective Lecture
Organizer/Location: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Event Details: John W. Franklin, director of Partnerships and International Programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, gives a lecture examining “the historic event based on his travels abroad and cover civil rights memorabilia collected by the museum.”
Panel Discussion With the Historical Society of Washington D.C.
Organizer/ Location: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Time: 7 p.m.
Event Details: Krissah Thompson of The Washington Post will moderate a discussion between photographer and documentary producer Eric Kulberg; Jennifer Krafchik, library director of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; and Derek Gray, D.C. community archivist of the Washingtoniana Division at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
March for Jobs and Justice
Organizer: The Center for the Study of Civil and Human Rights Laws
Location: The National Mall
Time: 8 a.m.
Event Details: President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the very spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago.
Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action
Organizers: The King Center and 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
Location: The Lincoln Memorial
Time: 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Event Details: An interfaith service will kick off the event from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin, followed by the “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action at the nearby Lincoln Memorial from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., including a bell-ringing ceremony at 3 p.m.
University of District of Columbia Jazz Ensemble Concert
Organizer: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Time: 12 p.m. Event Details: Under the direction of Allyn Johnson, the University of the District of Columbia Small Jazz ensemble performs a concert in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Find Much More on the 50th Anniversary:
- In-depth Coverage: The March on Washington
- Gwen’s Take: Remembering and Reimagining Aug. 28, 1963
- The Radical Roots of the March on Washington
- The March on Washington Broke the Notion ‘That Mass Movements Couldn’t Happen’