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Oprah, Jamie Foxx, President Obama To Commemorate MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Anniversary



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.”

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  1. Hugh Kantfewlmy

    August 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Wow! Looks like everybody made it there,..Let’s see who we have here,..The racist Jamie ‘kill Whitey’ Foxx, and of course Oprah “white girl won’t sell me no purse” Winfrey,..and even the liberal White perverts were well represented,..look over there – it’s Bill ‘the stain’ Clinton,..and assorted other freaks too numerous to mention.

    I’ll tell you who absolutely didn’t and couldn’t show up – Delbert Belton and Chris Lane,, my haven’t we come far.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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