On August 28, 2013, it will have been 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 people in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The monumental event, which was held to protest discrimination, joblessness and economic inequality faced by African Americans, featured King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech and set the stage for both the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

In honor of the impending anniversary, Washington has prepared a range of celebratory activities. Renovations to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial have been completed just in time for the festivities, and President Barack Obama is set to speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Two major marches will take to the streets in the coming week, including the Action to Realize the Dream March and Rally “Jobs, Justice & Freedom

on August 24 and the March for Jobs and Justice on August 28.

Additional events hosted in the D.C. area in honor of the 1963 anniversary can be found below:

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March On Washington Events: 50th Anniversary Celebrations Kick Off In D.C. was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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