Obama will deliver his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place where the Rev.
The King Center in Atlanta is organizing the “Let Freedom Ring” event, which will commemorate King's speech and include an interfaith religious service and a bell-ringing ceremony. The Rev.
About 250,000 protesters marched on Washington in 1963 – 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation – calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans.
The march, one of the largest rallies for human rights in U.S. history, helped pressure
In an interview with the
"It's part of my generation's formative memory and it's a good time for us to do some reflection," he said, adding that economic justice was also a key part of the 1963 march.
"That was a march for jobs and justice," Obama said. "There was a massive economic component to that."