Please join us in watching live coverage of the 50th year anniversary of the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. President Barack Obama and former President Jimmy carter are expected to speak at the festivities.
Here’s what to expect:
Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington National Mall today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington that took place half a century ago. President Obama will address the crowd this afternoon from the Lincoln Memorial, as well as former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
The event, hosted by television personalities Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper, will also feature members of the King family, lawmakers and civil rights leaders, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who spoke at the 1963 march and will do so again today. There will be more than a few celebrity appearances, too. Look for Oprah Winfrey, actors Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker and musical performances by BeBe Winans, LeAnn Rimes and Natalie Grant.
The event, which is being organized by The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom, kicks off at 11 a.m. ET