Are you traveling to Washington, D.C., this weekend for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington? Here’s our guide to events and exhibits to check out while you’re in town:
- Of course, you’ll want to kick things off with the official unveiling of the 1963 March on Washington Forever® stamp. The event will take place Friday, August 23, at the Newseum. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m., and are free and open to the public. Join us in live tweeting the event by using the hashtag #MyMarch. While you’re at the Newseum, check out the brand-new exhibits, “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” and “Civil Rights at 50” (on display through 2015).
- On Saturday, August 24, head for the Lincoln Memorial to take part in the 50th anniversary march and rally along the 1963 route. The National Park Service expects about 150,000 people, so make sure you arrive early. The march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial at 8 a.m. It will then move south along Independence Avenue, stopping at the Martin Luther King Memorial before finishing at the Washington Monument. The rally will take place at the Lincoln Memorial from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the scheduled speakers is Rep. John Lewis, who also spoke at the 1963 march.
- Ready for some music? The Global Freedom Festival will take place from 2-7 p.m. Saturday on the National Mall. Performances will continue through Tuesday, August 27.
- Wednesday, August 28, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march. Another march—this one called the March for Jobs and Justice—is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at 600 New Jersey Avenue and proceed to the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice before ending with a rally on the National Mall.
- Following the Wednesday march, President Obama will address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He will be joined by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
- As if all that wasn’t enough, many museums in town have exhibits worth exploring. Try “One Life: Martin Luther King” at the National Portrait Gallery, which traces the course of King’s career, and “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963” at the National Museum of American History, which demonstrates how the two events are linked. The Library of Congress also has an impressive range of images from the 1963 march on display in its exhibition, “A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.”
And don’t forget to add yourself to the March on Washington Stamp Mosaic before Friday. Take a stand for equality and be a part of history!