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Saturday, October 22, 2016

WATCH LIVE: Presidents Obama, Clinton And Carter Commemorate The March On Washington

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will join civil rights leaders and others in offering speeches from the same spot in front of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

“It won’t be as good as the speech 50 years ago,” the president said in an interview Tuesday. “I just want to get that out there early. When you are talking about Dr. King’s speech at the March on Washington, you’re talking about one of the maybe five greatest speeches in American history.”

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling throwing out Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — one of the two monumental pieces of civil rights legislation passed in the years after the first march — is expected to be topic of the president’s speech.

Here’s a complete schedule of today’s events.

11:05am Invocation by Past A.R. Bernard
11:07am Opening Call to Commemoration by Amb. Andrew Young
11:20am Senator Angus King Remarks
11:22am Johnny Dupree, National Conference of Black Mayors, Remarks
11:25am Performance by Peter & Paul of Peter, Paul, & Mary
11:30am Charles Steele, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Remarks
11:32am Melanie Campbell, Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Remarks
11:35am Rep. Joaquin Castro Remarks
11:37am PM Perry Christie, Bahamas, Remarks
11:44am Myrile Evers Williams Remarks
11:48am Kristen Stoneking, FOD, Remarks
11:50am Mee Moua, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Remarks
11:52am Gov. Martin O’Malley Remarks
12:00pm Fred Maahs, American Association of People with Disabilities, Remarks
12:02pm Video: Ban Ki Moon
12:04pm Ben Jealous, NAACP President, Remarks
12:06pm Roslyn Brock, NAACP, Remarks
12:08pm Alan Van Capelle, Bend the Arc, Remarks
12:16pm Rev. Joseph Lowery Remarks
12:20pm Laura Turner Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation, Remarks
12:22pm Eliza Byard, Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, Remarks
12:24pm Bill Russell Remarks
12:32pm Clayola Brown, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Remarks
12:34pm Lee Saunders Remarks
12:36pm Rep. Donna Edwards Remarks
12:42pm Ingrid Saunders Jones, National Council of Negro Women, Remarks
12:44pm Mark Tillman, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Remarks
12:52pm Dolores Huerta Remarks
12:55pm Lynn Stratford, UNICEF, Remarks
12:57pm Judy Vrendenburgh & Shanita McArthur, GIRLS INC, Remarks
12:59pm Leann Rhimes Performance, Amazing Grace
1:04pm Rep. Marcia Fudge Remarks
1:08pm Mark Morial, National Urban League, Remarks
1:10pm Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union, Remarks
1:12pm Jamie Foxx Remarks
1:15pm Alayna Eagle Shield, National Congress of American Indians, Remarks
1:17pm Sophia Campos, DREAMers, Remarks
1:19pm Video: Sidney Poitier
1:26pm Phillip Agnew, Dream Defenders, Remarks
1:28pm Rev. Al Sharpton Remarks
1:31pm Julian Bond Remarks
1:33pm Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers, Remarks
1:36pm Lynda Johnson Robb Remarks
1:39pm Caroline Kennedy Remarks
1:43pm Forest Whitaker Reading
1:50pm Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund, Remarks
2:00pm Oprah Winfrey Remarks
2:04pm Rep. Lewis and King Family introduced
2:05pm Presidents Descend Stairs
2:06pm Star Spangled Banner Performed
2:10pm Rep. John Lewis Remarks
2:14pm President Jimmy Carter Remarks
2:21pm President Bill Clinton Remarks
2:32pm King Family Remarks
2:44pm President Obama Remarks
2:59pm Ringing of the Bell with Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Carter, the King Family, and Rep. John Lewis

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  • Dominick Vila

    Not surprisingly, there was not a single prominent Republican politician present.

    • silence dogood

      None were invited, including the nations only black Senator. You have it backwards.

      • Angela Walker

        T’would be tragic, silence, if you actually believe that. See what years of exposure to the right wing media does to one 😀

        • silence dogood

          Tell me who was invited and said no.

          • Independent1

            Here you go from an ABC news article:

            Andy Richter tweeted: Just heard that NONE of the major GOP figures invited to participate in today’s MOW 50th anniversary chose to attend. Wow. #MOW50

            Because we weren’t sure of Mr. Richter’s sources, we checked it out. It may be that he’s actually correct, when it comes to GOP elected officials – at least four Republicans who were invited declined the invitation, for differing reasons.

            The top two Republicans in the House were also invited, but neither is attending the ceremonies, their offices have confirmed to ABC News.

            You were right about the black senator:

            The only African American serving in the Senate, Republican Tim Scott, wasn’t invited to partake in the festivities today, a spokesman confirmed to ABC News. Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat representing South Carolina earlier this year after Sen. Jim Demint left to head the Heritage Foundation.
            But I’m sure if he had asked to speak no one would have refused him the opportunity. From the list of those invited, only the higher ranking officials were actually invited.

          • silence dogood

            Two of them had pretty solid medical reasons which presented real problems. Maybe the other 2 weren’t interested in speaking before a crowd smaller than the average college basketball game.

          • Independent1

            Well, one thing you’ve learned from loving the GOP is how to lie and distort the facts. If you think I’m buying the BS about some of the GOP not making it because of illness – you’re delusional. The GOP wasn’t there on purpose – they’re far to biggoted to be seen hobnobing with the likes of Oprah and many of the other 20-30 celebrities that spoke or sang at the gathering. And the next time you run into an average college basketball game that draws 30-50 thousand people or more (the “throngs” as it was reported filled almost all the space between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, it will be when pigs fly. Keep on with the lies and distortions – you’re really good at it!! You should sign up for writing some of the GOP’s material – the only thing the GOP knows how to do is to lie and distort EVERYTHING!!!

          • silence dogood

            Bush the elder is pretty much in a wheel chair now and hasn’t been out since he got the MOF two years ago. Bush the younger just had cardiac surgery, They are 2 who were invited.
            DC police put the number “unofficially” at 20,000.
            I’ve been to plenty of college basketball games with 20K people.

          • Independent1

            But those weren’t any of the six that were specifically invited and declined. And via another news article today, it’s just become clear that an email was sent to EVERY LEGISLATOR IN CONGRESS ASKING THEM TO BE THERE!!! And your black biggoted Senator from South Carolina declined because he had more important things to do in South Carolina (like sit on his back deck and swig a few beers)!!!! Now isn’t that just great!!! And you’re trying to give us these sob stories about why GOP legislators didn’t and others didn’t make it: Boehner couldn’t be bothered because he had spoken at some event a month earlier and Cantor couldn’t make it because he had to hob nob with some oil industry lobbiests in South Dakota!!! Wow!! what absolute biggots!!!

          • silence dogood

            “Sit on his back deck and swig a few beers” This statement is bigoted. I suspect you’ve got a booze problem or a mental problem.
            Try and get help.

          • Independent1

            What garbage!! That’s exactly what the vast majority of ‘good old bois’ do in America every day of the week to relax – swig a beer. You call that biggoted – you’re disavowing reality!!!

          • silence dogood

            Do the adults there know you are using the computer ?

        • silence dogood

          Who was invited and said no ?