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Fifty years ago today, an estimated quarter-million people gathered in the nation’s capitol for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Today, crowds return to remember the landmark protest and the anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr‘s “I Have a Dream” speech.
This morning, the commemorative march began at 9 a.m. and traveled 1.6 miles before ending it the same place Rev. King gave his monumental speech 50 years ago.
According to the schedule, there are some pretty awesome presentations planned for the rest of the afternoon, including speeches from Oprah, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Martin L. King III. If you’re only going to watch one, though, your best bet is probably President Obama at 3:05. (Live stream available via WPTV.)
If you prefer to go old school, NPR’s @Todayin1963 Twitter account is another great way to get connected. Run by Kat Chow of NPR’s Code Switch, the account is “live tweeting” the March as it happened 50 years ago. (Again, you want to keep an eye out for the 3:05 speech; that’s when Rev. King delivered “I Have a Dream.”)
How are you connecting with the march’s anniversary?