Speakers Set to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Speech

BY newsdesk  August 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM EDT

Watch the player above for a live stream of the events on Aug. 28 from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak around 2:45 p.m.

President Obama will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with a highly anticipated speech Wednesday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

President Obama will be joined by former presidents, civil rights leaders, musicians, politicians, and other celebrities at the “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action.” Journalist Soledad O’Brien and actor Hill Harper will emcee the event.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will speak, as well as Oprah Winfrey and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the only living speaker from the original March on Washington. These speeches are set to begin at 2 p.m. EDT. Obama’s speech is scheduled to start around 2:45 p.m.

Other politicians delivering speeches include U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, who is also the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

New York Pastor A.R. Bernard performed the invocation at around 11 a.m., followed by a rousing speech from Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, who continued his push for voting representation for his constituents in U.S. Congress.

Leaders from the NAACP, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the National Council of Negro Women, the Children’s Defense Fund, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and the National Urban League will also speak.

Other notable speakers include:

  • Myrlie Evers Williams
  • Ban Ki-Moon (via video)
  • Bill Russell
  • LeAnn Rimes, who will perform “Amazing Grace”
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Julian Bond
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Forest Whitaker