Three March on Washington anniversary events to experience

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FedScoop’s Social Studies keeps tabs on the latest lifestyle news and events around the Beltway.

2013_08_IhaveadreamMarines Hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C.’s, Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28, 1963. It was from the steps of the memorial King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. (Photo: Wikipedia)

This weekend begins a citywide celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Special museum exhibits, rallies and lectures will highlight this monumental milestone. Here are three must-attend events.

Aug. 24: Tony Bennett performs at “Realize the Dream” rally

In 1965, singer Tony Bennett marched with King in Selma, Ala. This Saturday, the legendary performer will sing at the Lincoln Memorial. Saturday’s rally is a part of the “National Action to Realize the Dream” march planned to continue the efforts launched 50 years ago when King gave his iconic speech. Bennett’s performance is free.

Aug. 25: “I Have A Dream” gospel brunch at the Willard InterContinental Hotel

During the 1963 March on Washington, King was a guest at the Willard. It is there where he finalized his historic address. On Sunday, the hotel will host members of the King family for a Southern-style brunch and sparkling wine reception with performances by famed opera singer Denyce Graves and the Voices of Worship Choir. Tickets are $132 per person.

Aug. 28:  President Obama speaks at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration

Bells will ring 3 p.m. to mark the exact moment when King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Obama will also be on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial to speak to the thousands of gatherers expected from all across the country. This event begins 1 p.m., and is free.

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