Presidents Clinton and Carter to Join Obama for March Ceremony

Former President Bill Clinton with President Barack Obama (Chris Maddaloni/Getty Images)

(The Root) — Final details have been released for the closing ceremonies of the 50th-anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington, which will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 28. As previously reported, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech at the daylong event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT at the Lincoln Memorial, the same site where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

In addition to President Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will speak, as will Hollywood notables including Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Jamie Foxx and viral sensation Kid President. The program includes performances by BeBe, Carvin and Marvin Winans, Minister Wintley Phipps and country music star LeAnn Rimes. Soledad O'Brien and Hill Harper will host the day's festivities.


At 3 p.m., groups across the country are scheduled to ring bells to honor the minute after King delivered his speech. The ceremony is scheduled to end at 4.

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 and works at Twitter as an editorial curator. Follow him on Twitter.

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