Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the March on Washington in 1963, will be speaking at the event, along with broadcast journalist and actress Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Humanist and Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker, comedian and motivational speaker Kid President (Robby Novak) and Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
My father wanted his I Have a Dream speech to inspire us to celebrate our common humanity, said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King. Together with people across America and the world, we will pause to affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and nations, celebrating the anniversary of my fathers speech with moments of reverence, moments of introspection and moments of joy.
Additionally, President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will deliver remarks and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s call to Let freedom ring by ringing bells at 3:00 p.m. EDT, a half-century to the very minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address. Groups across the country will also pause to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kings speech by ringing bells at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
Coalition members include the A. Philip Randolph Institute, The King Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network (NAN), National Coalition of Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), National Urban League (NUL), Southern Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Park Service.
The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event will take place from 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. ET at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28. For more information on the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Freedom, Jobs, Peace and Social Justice, please visit www.mlkdream50.com.