Obama Will Speak at Lincoln Memorial for MLK Tribute

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On Aug. 28, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s infamous "I Have a Dream" speech, according to the Huffington Post. 


And though no other specifics about Obama's speech were released, HuffPost, in a separate story, detailed additional plans being made by the King Center in Atlanta to celebrate the occasion.

King Center officials say they have reached out to all 50 governors and to cities across the globe asking them to participate in the bell ringing at 3 p.m. ET on Aug. 28, or at 3 p.m. in their respective time zones.

"My father concluded his great speech with a call to 'let freedom ring,' and that is a challenge we will meet with a magnificent display of brotherhood and sisterhood in symbolic bell-ringing at places of worship, schools and other venues where bells are available from coast to coast and from continent to continent," said Bernice King, King's daughter and CEO of the King Center.

The King Center and the 50th Anniversary Coalition will host a seven-day celebration in the nation's capital of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. King's riveting speech was the keynote event of that march.

The bell ringing is planned as a way to allow those who can't make the trip to Washington to participate in the celebration, according to the King Center.


President Obama's speech will also mark the five-year anniversary of the presidential-nomination acceptance speech that he delivered at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Read more at the Huffington Post. 

Jozen Cummings is the author and creator of the popular relationship blog Until I Get Married, which is currently in development for a television series with Warner Bros. He also hosts a weekly podcast with WNYC about Empire called Empire Afterparty, is a contributor at VerySmartBrothas.com and works at Twitter as an editorial curator. Follow him on Twitter.

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