Your Guide To DC This Week: 50 Years of Dreaming

This partial TO DO guide lists exhibits and attractions going on this week in the nation’s capitol. It will be updated as we gather more information. Feel free to add any items you know of, fun events to invite friends to, or meet ups here and there, below in the comments.

Please note,
there will be two commemorative marches,
one on Saturday, August 24th
and one on Wednesday, August 28th.
Rallies and Special Events
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
August 21 – 28, 2013

a full week of events will be hosted by the King children,
(the remaining four of the original six)
along with grassroots organizations like National Action Network,
and the last living organizer, Congressman John Lewis.

Our World, His Dream, Freedom – Make It Happen is the unifying theme for the five-day commemoration entitled 50th Anniversary Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom, with three sub-themes, “Freedom to Prosper in Life,” “Freedom to Peacefully Co-Exist,” and “Freedom to Participate in Government.” These beltway people sure like naming things.

Wednesday

Praise and Worship Service for 50th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday August 21st
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mt. Airy Baptist Church

1100 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20002
Hosted by the National African American Clergy Network in partnership w/ Christian Community Development Association, National Evangelical Association, Christian Community Development Association, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Sojourners
Capacity 1500
Primary contact is Barbarella Brown, barbarella.a.brown@gmail.com,
(202) 352-4956

Thursday

Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement at the 10th National Black Youth Leadership Training Conference
Three Day conference ~~ Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Thursday (Day One) ~ August 22nd
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
National Education Association

1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Black Youth Vote!,
National grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic engagement among black youth and young adults between the ages of 18-35.
Hosted by the Generational Alliance, NAACP Youth and College Division,
National Urban League YP, The Praxis Project,
100 Black Men of America, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, NAN Youth Move , BK Nation, League of Young Voters
Advocates for Youth, Hip Hop Caucus, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Highlights
Unity Breakfast
Tribute to Jamal Rose
Gathering of Black Men “I Am Trayvon” Dialogue
Sister Circles
Issue Organizing Breakouts
Registration Required
Capacity 250
Primary contact Lisa Bediako or Jessica Brown, blackyouthvote@ncbcp.org,
(202) 659-4929

Gospel Brunch and Roundtable
Celebrating the Legacy of Women in the Movement Past, Present and Future
Thursday August 22nd
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cannon Caucus Room in the Dorothy I. Height Building

Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
Women played an integral role in the 1963 March on Washington and the civil rights movement overall, however, their story is rarely told. Black Women’s Roundtable, an initiative of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation focused on policy issues related to women and girls, will bring together intergenerational women leaders to discuss their contribution to the civil rights movement.
Invitation Only
Contact events@ncbcp.org
MEDIA CONTACT edmedia@dogonvillage.com

Reflections on the March on Washington and I Have a Dream Speech 50 Years Later
Covering Civil Rights On the Front Lines
Thursday August 22nd
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (actual program is 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
The Newseum
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.
The Newseum, in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women, will host a free evening program that will include a special appearance by Elder Bernice King, chief executive officer of The King Center and daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Rev. King will receive the NCNW’s 2013 Leadership Award. Moderated by Sirius XM radio host, Joe Madison, the event will also feature a discussion with journalist and author of Shocking the Conscience, A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement, Simeon Booker, who was on the front lines of covering the civil rights story. Although the program is free and open to the public, seating in the Annenberg Theater for this event is SOLD OUT. A limited amount of overflow visitors can reserve standing room. Those in the Newseum atrium will be able to view the program on the giant 40-foot-by-22-foot high-definition media screen.
Capacity 550
Emancipation of Capital Gala
Thursday August 22nd
Grand Hyatt

Washington D.C.
Hosted by National SCLC
Friday

Protect Our Voting Rights Youth Organizing Training
10th National Black Youth Vote! Leadership Training Conference

Three Day conference ~~ Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Friday (Day Two) ~ August 23rd
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
National Education Association

1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Highlights
Unity Breakfast
Issue Organizing Breakouts
Health for All, Affordable Care Act Update
Saving Our Voting Rights Protections – Congressional and State Legislative Action
Regional/State-Based Organizing Strategy Sessions
Registration Required
Capacity 250
Primary contact Lisa Bediako or Jessica Brown, blackyouthvote@ncbcp.org,
(202) 659-4929

Drum Majors for Justice Celebration
The Redeem the Dream Summit
Friday August 23rd
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt
Independence Ballroom

1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC
Redeem the Dream National Summit and Reception
A stellar line-up of civil rights legends and contemporary movement leaders will discuss why and how this historic march became a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement and why it’s important to not only commemorate but continue the victories of the March on Washington. Participants include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters, Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin Foundation), Marc H. Morial, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Hip Hop Caucus and more!
Hosted by National Urban League and The Memorial Foundation.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
U.S. Postal Service Unveiling of limited-edition 1963 March on Washington Stamp
Friday August 23rd
9:30 a.m. front table check
Newseum
New York Times–Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News
Level 1

555 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Washington, DC.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil a limited-edition stamp commemorating the 1963 march at a special program at the Newseum on Aug. 23rd. The stamp will go on sale the same day. In the true spirit of participation that surrounded the historic march, the Postal Service for the first time invites the public to help digitally unveil the new stamp and become a part of a virtual stamp mosaic. Individuals can pledge to “take a stand for equality” and add their Facebook or Twitter profile photo to the March on Washington Stamp Mosaic on the U.S. Postal Service Stamps Facebook page. Each photo unveils a small piece of the stamp artwork. As more people participate, the artwork will gradually be uncovered until the full stamp is revealed on Aug. 23.

Drum Majors For Justice Future Leaders Celebration
Redeem The Dream Summit
Friday August 23rd
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Freedom Plaza

14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Future Leaders Celebration- This symbolic event will feature marching bands, young leaders, and seasoned civil rights leaders. It will captivate the hearts and minds of young adults and in the end support them as they take up the mantel and step into their roles as Drum Majors for Justice.
Participants include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters, Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin Foundation), Marc H. Morial, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Hip Hop Caucus and more!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC,

National Town Hall Meeting on Poverty in America
Moving Together, Moving Forward Jobs and Freedom
57th Annual SCLC International Convention
Friday August 23rd
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~~ Race and Poverty Panel
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ~~ Voting Rights Panel
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ~~ Reception
Grand Hyatt

1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Hosted by Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC Poverty Institute, Rainbow PUSH
Commemorative Concert
57th Annual SCLC International Convention
Friday August 23rd
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Washington D. C. Convention Center

Washington, DC
Hosted by Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Register here 
Washington Welcome Reception for Anniversary Marchers
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Friday August 23rd
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Invitation Required
Hosts Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC),
Uptown Magazine, DestinationDC, Flow.
Primary contacts Daryl R. Levine, daryl.levine@dc.gov, (202) 727-6263 or
Cynthia Brock-Smith, cynthia.brocksmith@dc.gov, 202-727-6306
Youth Mass Meeting and Pre-March Rally
Friday August 23rd
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Metropolitan A. M. E. Church

1518 M Street, NW
Washington, DC
Hosted by NCBCP Black Youth Vote!, APRI, NAACP,NEA, Generational Alliance, NAN Youth Move

Saturday
Urban League Pre-March Rally
5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Grand Hyatt Hotel

Independence Ballroom 1000 H St. NW
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement
at 10th National Black Youth Leadership Training Conference

Three Day conference ~~ Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Saturday (Day Three) ~ August 24th
7:00 am – Midnight
Location TBD
Highlights
Unity Breakfast
50th Anniversary March on Washington Realize the Dream March and Rally
Global Festival
Closing Out and After Party
Registration Required
Capacity 250
Primary contact Lisa Bediako or Jessica Brown, blackyouthvote@ncbcp.org, (202) 659-4929

Main Commemorative March and Rally
Saturday August 24th.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial

Commemorative march and rally along the historic 1963 route will begin at the Lincoln Memorial.
National Conveners are Martin Luther King, III and Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
Co-Convened by AFSCME, AFT, AFL-CIO, APRI, HRC, LCCR, NAACP, NBJC, SCLC,SEIU, NCBW, NOW, NUL, NCNW, NCBCP, The King Center, National African American Clergy Network and CWBI (List in Formation)
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DC Statehood Rally
Saturday August 24th.
8:30 a.m
DC War Memorial

Independence Avenue NW
Washington DC.
Rally participants will attend a short program before marching as a group to the Lincoln Memorial for the national program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Join D.C. statehood activists at the D.C. War Memorial (across from the MLK Memorial and just east of the Korean War Memorial) for a short program before we march as a group at 9:30 a.m. to the Lincoln Memorial for the national program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We will be marching for all of the unfinished business from 1963, but most especially for statehood for D.C. – the only way to end D.C.’s colonial status and for the people of the D.C. to have the right to govern themselves and have all the same democratic rights as other Americans.
For more information on the DC Statehood
or call 202-232-2500 to get involved.

Historic Walk Down Black Broadway’s Theatre Row
Saturday August 24th.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Theater Walk, U Street and the Howard Theater

13th St. NW and U St. NW
Meet outside the U Street Metro station’s 13th Street exit.
Explore the neighborhood that was shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders and families of all economic levels. The businesses they owned and the houses they lived in are featured on this walk. U Street was dubbed “Black Broadway” for the numerous movie theaters, nightclubs and ballrooms frequented by jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington. You’ll see a theater and club where these performances took place.
March on Washington 50th Anniversary Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery
Saturday August 24th.
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery

The Kogod Courtyard
Eighth and F Sts. NW
Join the Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Tour the exhibition “One Life, Martin Luther King Jr.” to learn more about the civil rights leader and his “I Have a Dream” speech. Enjoy vocal performances by Kim and Reggie Harris, hands-on activities and fun for the whole family. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.
Global Freedom Festival
Four Day Festival ~~ Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Saturday (Day One) August 24th.
2 – 6 p.m.
National Mall

Seventh and 14th Sts. NW
Among the speakers and groups at this year’s festival are Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till; Congressman John Lewis; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME; Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA; Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA); and many others.
An Afternoon with Thurston Clarke on JFK’s last hundred days
Saturday August 24th.
2:30 PM
Newseum

Knight TV Studio
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Washington, DC.
Noted John F. Kennedy historian Thurston Clarke talks about his new book, “JFK’s Last Hundred Days,” which gives a detailed account of the last three months of the Kennedy presidency. Clarke’s detailed account of the last hundred days begins with the death of two-day-old Patrick Bouvier Kennedy on Aug. 9, 1963.
The program is free with regular paid admission to the museum.
Seating is on a space-available basis.
Freedom Festival
Saturday August 24th. 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
West Potomac Park

Hosted by The King Center and the National Park Service
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sunday
Global Freedom Festival
Four Day Festival ~~ Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Sunday (Day Two) August 25th.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
National Mall

Seventh and 14th Sts. NW
Among the speakers and groups at this year’s festival are Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till, Congressman John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME, Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA, Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA), and many others.

SCLC Worship Service
Sunday August 25th.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Howard University

Washington D. C.
Hosted by SCLC
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Hosted by Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Primary contact is Damien Alexander, daconne17@gmail.com, (404) 522-1420
Freedom Festival
Sunday August 25th. 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
West Potomac Park

Hosted by The King Center National Park Service
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Documentary of 50’s Iconic Photograper Rowland Scherman
Sunday August 25th.
2:30 p.m.
Newseum

Documentary Theater
Q and A with Scherman will follow the special screening of the new documentary “Eye on the Sixties, The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman.” The film is an intimate portrait of Scherman and documents his work during the 1960s. Among his many assignments, Scherman was the primary photographer of the 1963 March on Washington, which he shot for the United States Information Agency. One of Scherman’s most iconic photographs from the march is of 11-year-old Edith Lee Payne. Payne will be part of a panel discussion following the film to talk about her memories of the photograph and that historic day. Also appearing on the panel is the film’s producer, Chris Szwedo.
Monday
Global Freedom Festival
Four Day Festival ~~ Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Monday (Day Three) August 26th.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
National Mall

Seventh and 14th Sts. NW
Among the speakers and groups at this year’s festival are Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till; Congressman John Lewis; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME; Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA; Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA); and many others.

Screenings of We Shall Overcome and Yesterday Girl
Monday August 26th
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Goethe-Institut

812 Seventh St. NW
Friendship, Freedom, Tolerance series. Two short films that highlight the internationalist attitude toward the American civil rights movement and its progressive activists in the 60s.
Bayard Rustin Commemoration
Monday August 26th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lincoln Theatre

1215 U Street, NW
Washington, DC
To register go to
Hosted by A. Philip Randolph Institute, American Federation of Teachers, National Black Justice Coalition
Primary contact Jan Temple, jtemple@apri.org, (202) 508-3710
Legacy and Leadership Gala
Monday August 26th
7:00 p.m.
Capital Hilton

1001 16th St. NW
Hosted by the SCLC
To register go to sclc.org
Tuesday
 
Virtual Panel on Education 50 Years of Struggle
Youth Driving Economics, Education and Social Change
Tuesday August 27th.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

School Without Walls (DC Public School) — this event is supposed to be streamed online
The King Center is partnering with Discovery Education, Kaplan University. Featuring Secretary Arne Duncan, US Dept of Education, Ambassador Andrew Young, Naomi King, and Bernice A. King. When a link is released, we will post it here.

2013 March on Washington Memorial
Youth Mentoring Summit

Two Day Summit
Tuesday (Day Two) August 27th
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Newseum
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater

Led by the National Park Service
The Newseum, in partnership with the National Park Service, the National Alliance of Faith and Justice, and the National Park Foundation, hosts the second day of the March on Washington Memorial Youth Mentoring Summit. Held on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the summit will feature special guests from the civil rights movement, including Carlotta Walls LaNier and Ernest Green, two of the Little Rock Nine students who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957. Other guests include Chuck McDew, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1961 to 1963, and Edith Lee-Payne, whose iconic photo at age 11, taken at the 1963 March on Washington, became a symbol of youth involvement.Program is free and open to the public, but seats are limited and must be reserved online at penorpencilmovement.org/marchonwashington.php. Registration forms must be returned to registration@nafj.org by Aug. 20, 2013.

Global Freedom Festival
Four Day Festival ~~ Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Tuesday (Day Four) August 27th.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
National Mall

Seventh and 14th Sts. NW
Among the speakers and groups at this year’s festival are Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till, Congressman John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME, Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA, Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU), Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA), and many others.

Freedom Festival
Tuesday August 27th.
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
West Potomac Park

 Wednesday

Interfaith Service
Wednesday August 28th.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Shiloh Baptist Church

Hosted by The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs

Interfaith Service
Wednesday August 28th.
9 – 10:30 a.m
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

West Basin Drive SW at Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C.
An interfaith service will be held at the Memorial in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

FYI, National Park Service rangers give regularly scheduled talks on the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let Freedom Ring
Wednesday August 28th.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial
President Obama will speak at the Let Freedom Ring Call To Action marking the 50th anniversary.
Event will feature remarks from former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the King Family, elected officials, international dignitaries, celebrities, youth and leaders from national and international organizations. The program is global in nature and will include performances by a Haka Team from New Zealand and Junkanoo Performers from the Bahamas. Confirmed program participants include Kid President, Jaime Fox, Peter and Paul, Hill Harper, Soledad O’Brien, Lynda Johnson Robb, Bebe Winans and others to be announced.

Hosted by The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom (National Council of Negro Women, SCLC, National Urban League, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, National Council of Churches, Children’s Defense Fund), and the National Park Service.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Primary contact Rosalind McGinnis, rmcginnis@thekingcenter.org, (404) 526-8900
For more details
Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action
If your city, school, organization or faith based group wants to participate in coordinating a local Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Bell Ringing at 3 p.m.
American People, Black Light. Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s
12 – 12:30 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW
Gallery Talk. As seen in 49 rarely exhibited paintings, Faith Ringgold developed expressive figures and adapted African designs to reflect on momentous events that shaped America in the 1960s. These bold images represent Ringgold’s response to the civil rights and feminist movements.
Museums and Exhibits
Changing America
The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
The March on Washington, 1963

On view through Sept. 15, 2013.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington DC.
The exhibition at the Smithsonian features historic photographs and items ranging from Harriet Tubman’s shawl to a portable version of the Emancipation Proclamation—one created for Union soldiers to read to and distribute among African Americans during America’s Civil War.
Civil Rights at 50
on display through 2015
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.
Currently launching this three year revolving exhibit, Newseum’s Civil Rights at 50 will be updated each year to chronicle milestones in the civil rights movement from 1963, 1964, and 1965 through historic front pages of newspapers and magazines.
A Day Like No Other, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
August 28, 2013 through March 1, 2014
The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE
Washington, DC.
The exhibition will consist of 40 black-and-white images from newspaper and other media photographers, independent photojournalists and people who participated in the march. Part of the collections in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division, the images convey the immediacy of being at the march and the palpable excitement of the noticeably mixed crowd in attendance. The exhibition will allow visitors to rediscover the context and ongoing legacy of this important event in the country’s history.
American People, Black Light. Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s
through Nov. 10, 2013
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW Washington, DC.
As seen in 49 rarely exhibited paintings, Faith Ringgold developed expressive figures and adapted African designs to reflect on momentous events that shaped America in the 1960s. These bold images represent Ringgold’s response to the civil rights and feminist movements.

There you have a it. A heap of information, but probably nothing compared to all the more personal get-togethers planned for this week, as progressives and civil rights activists from all over the country meet face to face to discuss the future going into 2014.

Come visit, or just share this info with a friend who might be going. Additions or changes to this list are totally welcome in the comments.

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