Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations from Washington, D.C. to the Tri-State

CINCINNATI - It was 50 years ago today that Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and there are celebrations planned from Washington, D.C. to the Tri-State.

The main focus will be on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial where MLK spoke five decades ago, and President Obama is scheduled to speak after a coordinated ringing of bells around the country at 3 p.m.

The D.C. celebration , called the “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony,” begins at 11 a.m. and thousands of people are expected to attend.

Presidents Carter and Clinton are also expected to speak at the event. 

Locally, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has an exhibit celebrating the March on Washington anniversary with original artifacts from 50 years ago,

Xavier University will hold an event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cintas Center to celebrate the March on Washington. The event will focus on remembrance, celebration, prayer, praise, worship and song, according to a press release.

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