Pictured above: The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963.

Atlanta. . . The King Center and the National Park Service have announced a partnership for a global observance of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech and the 1963 March on Washington. The plans include a series of events during the next year, culminating in a celebration beginning August 24, 2013, and concluding on August 28, 2013, with commemorative events at both the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“We're excited about our partnership with the National Park Service in commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the great events of American history, the “I Have a Dream” speech delivered by my father, Martin Luther King, Jr., during the Great March on Washington of 1963,” said Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, in announcing the commemoration. “It is our intention to make the 50th Anniversary observance an inspiring, global and educational celebration, which renews my father's challenge to create a nonviolent society in which justice, shared prosperity, brotherhood and sisterhood can flourish in America and throughout the world.” Ms. King added that during the next year, The King Center and the National Park Service will present a series of events to help build diverse participation in the 50th Anniversary commemoration.

“The National Park Service is proud to join with the King Center in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's historic speech, which has inspired millions of Americans and people all over the world,” said Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. “As the agency charged with protecting and maintaining the Lincoln and King Memorials, the National Park Service looks forward to helping to make this 50th Anniversary Commemoration worthy of Dr. King’s legacy.” 

Ms. King said that the theme for the 50th anniversary observance of Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech is “Our World, His Dream: Freedom - It's Happening!"  She added “As we prepare for the 50th Anniversary observance mobilization, I look forward to working with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the organization my father served as co-founder and president when he delivered the 'I Have a Dream' speech.” Many other national and international organizations will be invited in the months ahead to join in supporting the mobilization.  As additional details are finalized, more information will be posted at

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