WASHINGTON (WAOK) – The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will be marked in a ceremony tomorrow. A number of prominent speakers will address the event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. That’s where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people in August of 1963. The March on Washington helped prompt passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Speakers at tomorrow’s event include Martin Luther King III, the Reverend Al Sharpton, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Lewis. The Georgia Democrat was one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. On Wednesday, the actual anniversary of the historic event, President Obama will address another commemorative event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.