Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper to Emcee
Oprah Winfrey, Congressman John Lewis and Jamie Foxx to Speak; LeAnn Rimes, BeBe Winans to Perform Alongside Grant
WASHINGTON – March on Washington Coalition announced today that Grammy-nominated, five-time Dove Award winning Female Artist of the Year Natalie Grant will perform at the 50th Anniversary “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2013. Pop music artist LeAnn Rimes, Gospel R&B singer BeBe Winans and others, are also scheduled to perform at the event to commemorate the historic speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the March on Washington in 1963, will be speaking at the event, along with broadcast journalist and actress Oprah Winfrey and Oscar and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx, actor Forest Whitaker, among others. “My father wanted his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech to inspire us to celebrate our common humanity,” said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King. “Together with people across America and the world, we will pause to affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and nations, celebrating the anniversary of my father’s speech with moments of reverence, moments of introspection and moments of joy.” Additionally, President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will deliver remarks and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to “Let freedom ring” by ringing bells at 3:00 p.m. EDT, a half-century to the very minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address. Groups across the country will also pause to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech by ringing bells at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper with emcee the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event that will place from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28. For more information on the 50th Anniversary March on Washington ‘Freedom, Jobs, Peace and Social Justice,’ please visit www.mlkdream50.com.