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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50th Anniversary Of March On Washington

Large crowds gather at the Lincoln Memorial to demonstrate for the civil rights movement in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. (AP)March leaders at the beginning of the procession. (National Archives)Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. (AP)Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. (AP)Demonstrators march towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Note: Now that the event has ended, we have removed the live video stream.

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington (video below).

The “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration today on the National Mall in Washington marked the anniversary with speeches and performances by people including President Obama, civil rights leaders and members of the King family (full video here).

Audio of Here & Now’s two hours of special coverage is available above. See more stories on the anniversary here.


Hear More

  • Peniel Joseph, professor of African-American studies at Tufts University, who joined us in-studio for the duration of the event. He tweets @PenielJoseph.
  • Marcia Chatelain, history professor at Georgetown University. She tweets @DrMChatelain.
  • Martha Sikes, teaches sixth grade history in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Ari Shapiro, White House correspondent for NPR. He tweets @arishapiro.
  • Brian Naylor, correspondent for NPR’s Washington desk. He tweets @brinaylor.
  • Hansi Lo Wang, reporter for NPR’s Code Switch. He tweets @hansilowang.

Watch: Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

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