Today, August 28, marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have Dream” speech.
Marches are being held across the entire nation in honor of the late civil rights leader and to commemorate the anniversary of the famous speech delivered by King back in 1963. Martin’s daughter, Rev. Bernice King even opened Washington’s interfaith service this morning and reflected on what her father meant to the nation.
According to The Associated Press, Bernice said that “King is often remembered as a freedom fighter for equal rights and human rights. But she said he was most importantly a man of faith. She explained that he was a prophet and “faith leader” and it was that “and the spirit of God that infused that movement.”
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at 3:05 P.M. nearly to the minute Dr. King delivered his unforgettable speech. The President is expected to reflect on the civil rights movement, how far the nation has come, and address some of the obstacles we still face today.
Former President Bill Clinton will attend today’s ceremony, and Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx are among the several speakers expected to address the crowd of nearly 260,000.
A number of celebrities also took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to honor King’s legacy:
“Because of you, I AM. Thank you Martin Luther King. #stilldreaming,” Amber Riley tweeted.
“Celebrating 50 Year March on Washington Dr. Martin Luther King #IHaveADream,” comedian-actor Mike Epps wrote.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler star, Forest Whitaker tweeted, “Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired millions of the silent heroes who stood up for what they thought was right.”
On Tuesday night, LeAnne Rimes wrote, “Do not know how I’m going to make it through singing Amazing Grace tmrw w/o crying. I’m truly honored & humbled to be a part of tmrw’s event.”