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DuSable Museum celebrates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. (AP Photo/File)

Local civil rights leaders, clergy members and artists will join Chicago youth on Saturday, August 24 in re-enacting the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his landmark “I Have A Dream” speech.

The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is sponsored by the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Illinois Amistad Commission. The event is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 directly outside the DuSable, 740 East 56th Place.

Among those participating are:

Lerone Bennett, Jr. Editor Emeritus, EBONY Magazine

Che “Rhymefest” Smith Spoken Word Artist

Father Michael Pfleger Clergy Member

Brenetta Howell Barrett “Freedom Fighter”

Lewis Myers, Jr. Attorney

Reverend Al Sampson Clergy Member

Thomas N. Todd Attorney

Harold Rodgers Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Mae Ya Carter Ryan Vocalist

Richard Steele National Public Radio

Diane Nash “Freedom Fighter”

Reverend Janette Wilson Rainbow PUSH

Gwendolyn Brown Vocalist

Andrea Zopp Chicago Urban League

Admission to the outdoor portion of the event is free and museum admission is $5 all day on August 24. For more information, visit