Thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington civil rights event. Several events are planned for the weekend and on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the anniversary of the day of the march. Baltimore-area civil rights groups are scrambling to keep up with the demand for bus reservations.
Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said that "the phones are jumping off the hook" with requests for transportation to Washington. She recommends that Baltimoreans take the train if they plan on visiting Washington for the weekend events.
Events open to the public:
•50th Anniversary March on Washington National Action to Realize the Dream March and Rally for "Jobs, Justice and Freedom."
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday
Speakers include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Charles Steele, Jr., the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till, and Rep. John Lewis.
Redeem the Dream National Summit and Reception
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday
Hosted by National Urban League
National Town Hall Meeting on Poverty and Economic Empowerment
"Moving Together, Moving Forward: Jobs and Freedom"
57th Annual SCLC International Convention Race and Poverty Panel, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, Voting Rights Panel from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday
Grand Hyatt, 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Hosted by Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SCLC Poverty Institute, Rainbow PUSH
"Let Freedom Ring" Commemoration and Closing Ceremony
The Lincoln Memorial, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday
Bells will ring across the nation at 3 p.m.
Unveiling of first U.S. memorial for "foot soldiers"
Whitmore Park on the corner of Clay and Calvert Streets, Annapolis, at 10 a.m. Wednesday
Annapolis-based Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Inc. will unveil the nation's first memorial to the 250,000 "foot soldiers" of the March on Washington.
Speakers include U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes, U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards.