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)

Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin
44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute National Conference
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
To register go to apri.org

Monday, Aug. 26:

K-8th Grade Educational Initiative
Time and location: TBA
Will be accessible via online streaming
Hosted by the King Center, Operation Hope, NCNW, Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with Discovery Education

Global Freedom Festival
10 a.m-6 p.m.
The National Mall
Seventh and 14th Sts. NW
Hosted by the National Park Service with the King Center and the Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom
Open to the public

Film: We Shall Overcome, Yesterday Girl (Abschied Von Gestern)
Goethe-Institut
812 Seventh St. NW
6:30-8 a.m.
The film, directed by Hans Goldschmidt, highlights the internationalist attitude that the German Democratic Republic and its citizens conveyed while offering solidarity and support to the American civil rights movement and its progressive activists.

Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin
44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute National Conference
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
To register go to apri.org

Bayard Rustin Commemoration
7-9 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St. NW
To register go to apri.org/
Hosted by A. Philip Randolph Institute, American Federation of Teachers, National Black Justice Coalition

Legacy & Leadership Gala
Time: TBD
Capital Hilton
1001 16th St. NW
To register go to sclc.org
Hosted by the SCLC

Tuesday, Aug: 27:

9-12th Grade Educational Initiative
Time and location: To be announced
Will be accessible via online streaming
Hosted by the King Center, Operation Hope and the NCNW in partnership with Discovery Education
To register go to thekingcenter.org/

Global Freedom Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The National Mall
Seventh and 14th Sts. NW
Hosted by the National Park Service with the King Center
Open to the public

Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin
44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute National Conference
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
To register go to apri.org

Wednesday, Aug. 28:

“Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony
1-5:30 p.m. (bell-ringing around the U.S. and the world at 3 p.m. EDT)
The Lincoln Memorial
Hosted by the King Center, National Park Service, NCBCP
Open to the public

Gallery Talk: “American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s”
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW
12-12:30 p.m.
As seen in 49 rarely exhibited paintings, Faith Ringgold developed expressive figures and adapted African designs to reflect on momentous events that shaped America in the 1960s. These bold images represent Ringgold’s response to the civil rights and feminist movements.

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