50th anniversary of March on Washington being celebrated
Jessica Janner & Joyce Lupiani
Washington, D.C. (KTNV) -- Fifty years ago Wednesday during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his eloquent "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington. D.C.
That speech and march is being remembered Wenesday in Washington.
The day will begin with an interfaith service and prayer at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church. After that, there will be another march to the National Mall.
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Three American presidents -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- will speak from the same steps where Dr. King delivered his historic speech.
The event will also be attended by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.
Musical performers will include Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, who performed at the original march.
The daughters of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, will also be in attendance.
President Obama will address the crowd at 3:05 p.m. -- the same time that King came to the microphone in 1963.
Organizers are expecting thousands to turnout to show that Dr. King's dream still lives on.
Andrew Young, a longtime friend of Dr. Kinds, says he believes the man who stood for so much, would still want to see more done.
Organizers hope that Wenesday's speeches inspire younger generations to keep fighting for justice.
Locally, a town hall meeting to commemorate the historic speech and march is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Wenesday at the Ebenezer Church of God in Christ near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue.