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Sen. King to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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On August 28, 1963, then 19-year old Angus King joined with hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall to watch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his historic "I Have a Dream Speech."

Tomorrow, August 28, 2013 -- exactly fifty years later -- Senator Angus King (I-ME) will again be on the National Mall, this time joining President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as other dignitaries, at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial in honor of that historic moment.

Senator King is scheduled to deliver brief remarks to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial at approximately 11:30AM EDT.

"It's an indescribable privilege to participate in this important celebration of Dr. King's life and legacy," Senator King said. "His vision of faith, hope, equality and justice for all, buttressed by an unwavering belief in the power of kindness and compassion, inspired millions of Americans, as it does today, to pursue the better angels of our nature. It was an honor to witness Dr. King's speech firsthand, and it is again an honor to lend my voice in tribute to one of our nation's greatest and most noble leaders."

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) extended a special invitation to Senator King to deliver remarks, knowing that Senator King watched Dr. King's speech in person.

WHO: U.S Senator Angus King

WHAT: Remarks to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech

WHEN: Tomorrow, August 28, 2013 at approximately 11:30AM EDT

WHERE: The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

The tribute is hosted and organized by The 50th Anniversary March on Washington Coalition, which has organized a series of events to commemorate and celebrate the March on Washington.


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