The Root's Guide to March on Washington Celebrations

March on Washington at 50: All you need to know about what's going on in D.C. during the 50th-anniversary celebrations.

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Folk singer Odetta performs during the 1963 March on Washington. (Paul Schutzer/Getty Images)

(The Root) -- On Aug. 28, 1963, there weren't any youth organizations that had the resources to host events and sessions in tandem with what would become the iconic March on Washington. Nor was there a "Women of the Movement" symposium or a "Global Freedom Festival" designed to bring awareness to international issues in the days leading up to the rally.

But each of those events -- and dozens more -- will be part of the 50th-anniversary celebration and commemoration of the March on Washington, during which tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on the nation's capital.

Different perspectives, age groups, auxiliary organizations and civic groups with an array of initiatives are participating in the weeklong celebration to bring attention to their respective agendas. Whether you're a 20-something college graduate with a soft spot for a piece of legislation about the Trayvon Martin shooting, a 40-something executive who is concerned about increasing employment in the black community or a 60-something retiree who vaguely remembers your parents participating in the march back in the day, there are all kinds of opportunities and narratives during the week.

The Root rounded up the discussion seminars, tours, exhibits, speeches, ceremonies and documentaries that are taking place between Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 28. And there will be plenty to do: Come discuss issues that affect the black community. Or watch a riveting film about that day and decade.

Maybe you'll want to go on a tour of one of Washington, D.C.'s historic black neighborhoods or cozy up alongside a friend at the Lincoln Memorial while President Barack Obama commemorates the occasion. There will be plenty to do, so keep our guide handy. We'll be updating this list as events are added, so be sure to check back here every day.

Wednesday, Aug. 21:

Praise and Worship Service for 50th Anniversary Celebration
7-8:30 p.m.
Mount Airy Baptist Church
1100 N. Capitol St. NW
Hosted by the National African American Clergy Network
Open to the public

Thursday, Aug. 22:

Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph & Bayard Rustin 
44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) National Education Conference
2-6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
To register, and to see a full listing of the conference's events and panels planned through Wednesday, Aug. 28, go to apri.org

Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement
Protect Our Voting Rights & Social Justice Youth Organizing Training
10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership Training Conference
Highlights: Unity Breakfast, Tribute to Jamal Rose, Gathering of Black Men "I Am Trayvon" Dialogue, Sister Circles, Issue Organizing Breakouts, Regional/State-Based Organizing Strategy Sessions
9 a.m.-9 p.m.
National Education Association
1201 16th St. NW
Hosted by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, NAACP, NEA, Generational Alliance, NAN Youth Move, the Praxis Project, NUL Young Professionals, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, BK Nation, 100 Black Men of America, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

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