50 years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 250,000 to the National Mall in Washington, DC in a march for jobs and freedom. It was during this march that King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the memorial. The March on Washington helped pressure Congress to pass the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts in 1964 and 1965.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of King’s speech, President Barack Obama will speak later this month during the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony on the Lincoln Memorial steps on Aug. 28. No other details were released.
The “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony is being organized by the King Center in Atlanta. Plans include an interfaith service and ringing of bells at 3 p.m. to mark the time King delivered his speech on Aug. 28, 1963.
Below is the video for Dr. King’s historic speech: