It has been 50 years since 200,000 people marched on the streets of Washington, pushing for equal civil rights for all Americans.
To commemorate the historical rally, a series of events and exhibits are planned near the place where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
“March for Jobs and Justice”
Where: Marchers gather at 600 New Jersey Ave. NW
When: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m.
The signature event in the anniversary celebration is a 1.6-mile march that will pass the Department of Justice and Washington Monument before coming to an end at the newly revamped Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
“Let Freedom Ring Ceremony”
Where: Lincoln Memorial, 900 Ohio Drive SW
When: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1 – 5:30 p.m.
* Bell ringing across the U.S. and the world at 3 p.m.
* President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at 3:05 p.m.
Getting There on Metro
Metro will open at 5 a.m. Wednesday and trains will operate on a normal weekday schedule.
To arrive at the assembly location of the march, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, use the following stations:
* Union Station Red
* Judiciary Square Red
To arrive at the National Mall use the following stations:
* Foggy Bottom
* Farragut West
* Farragut North Red
Arlington Cemetery is not a recommended station as the Memorial Bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic.
Metro advises against using the Smithsonian Station due to the potential for crowding.
The United States Park Police are offering emergency text alerts and advisories for the march on mobile phones.
To subscribe: Text the keyword “mlk50th” to 888777.
Remembering The March on Washington
A series from WNEW reporter Karen Adams reflecting on the magnitude of the anniversary and the impact the five-decade-old march had on the nation. Its impact continues to present day.