D.C. Celebrates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

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Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C., during the "March on Washington". King said the march was "the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States." (Photo credit:AFP/Getty Images)

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C., during the “March on Washington”. King said the march was “the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States.” (Photo credit:AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Events

“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
* Archives

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.

Text Alerts

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.

Coverage

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.

‬Creela Sullivan Smith understood all of the excitement of the day back in 1963, but really didn’t understand the significance of Martin Luther King’s speech until she was older. She says what’s lacking now are leaders like the past.


‬Doris Dickerson remembers the march vividly. She watched it on a black and white TV at Howard University Hospital because she wasn’t allowed to take the day off from work.


A civil rights conference has leaders of today looking for solutions to the same issues of 1963 — race, education, and voting.


‬A 20-year-old Vincent Gray was awe-inspired as he watched speaker after speaker, including Dr. Martin Luther King give his famed “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 at the march. Now, as the mayor of D.C., he continues to fight for King’s unfulfilled dreams.

Museum Exhibits

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963”
Where: National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
When: Through Sept. 15

“Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement”
Where: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
When: Permanent

“A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington”
Where: The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE
When: Aug. 28 through March 1, 2014

“American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s”
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW
When: Through Nov. 10

“One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.”
Where: National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW
When: Through June 1, 2014

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