Martin O'Malley to speak at MLK ceremony

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley will deliver brief remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington, a spokeswoman said.

The governor will address the crowd for about two minutes around noon, taking the same stage that will later host civil rights leaders and three presidents as they commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

King led a crowd of more than 250,000 on Aug. 28, 1963 during the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which helped pressure Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. 

President Barack Obama will give the keynote address at Wednesday's event; former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will also speak, along with several other elected leaders.

Bells will ring at 3 p.m. marking to the minute the half-century that passed since King delivered his most famous speech. The entire "Let Freedom Ring" celebration at the Lincoln Memorial will last from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

O'Malley frequently quotes King in other policy speeches. O'Malley spokeswoman Takirra Winfield said the governor was "sentimental" about the civil rights leader and was personally crafting his remarks for Wednesday.

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