WASHINGTON (AP & WXXI News) — Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a march on the National Mall ahead of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The march scheduled Saturday comes a few days before the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Saturday's event will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and King's son Martin Luther King III. After several speeches, participants will walk the half-mile from the Lincoln Memorial to the 2-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Organizers say they hope Saturday's event will serve to inspire people again to educate themselves about issues they see as making up the modern civil rights struggle.
A number of people from the Rochester area will be at the Saturday event, including local labor groups, and Rochester civil rights attorney Van White who will be involved in organizing various events in Washington.
WXXI is marking the 50th anniversary of the march in a number of ways, including a five-part series during the upcoming week entitled: "50 Years Later, Rochester Remembers The Dream, " which will be heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on AM 1370, WRUR 88.5, and wxxinews.org.