50 years later: 9 ways to reflect on, commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

CINCINNATI - On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of civil rights activists marched on Washington, D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his now-famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Today, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the historic moment with celebrations all across the country.

Here are 9 ways Americans are honoring this day--close to home, via social media, and far away.

1. The “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony”  in Washington, D.C. All eyes will be on the National Mall, where President Obama is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday after a coordinated ringing of bells around the country. Presidents Carter and Clinton are also expected to speak at the event.

2. Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has an exhibit celebrating the anniversary of the March with actual artifacts from 50 years ago.

3. Follow the Freedom Center on Twitter, @freedomcenter , for tweeted lines from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech all day. Look for the hashtag #themarchcontinues.

4. Check out Xavier University’s event 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cintas Center to commemorate the March. It will focus on remembrance, celebration, prayer, praise, worship and song.

5. What if Twitter had been around in 1963? The account @todayin1963 attempts to give social media users an intimate look at the March by live Tweeting as if it were actually 1963--based on the historical timeline of the day.

6. Eighth-graders from Villa Madonna Academy are in Washington, D.C. for this historic event. They’re sharing information on their Twitter account, @VillaMadonna .

7. Not everyone can make it to Washington, D.C., but you can watch all the festivities via a live stream from ABC News.

  • Watch the ABC News live stream

8. Wired.com released “The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation” in honor of the 50th anniversary. Colored dots represent people of different races in cities across the country to highlight the sharp geographic divides that still exist in America.

9. Our Scripps sister newspaper, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, constructed a photo gallery that details Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final 32 hours. Peruse the photos for an intimate look at the last moments of the civil rights leader’s life.

Bonus: What better way to honor this historic day than to see and hear one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century? Watch the video on YouTube and hear those historic words all over again.

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