In August 1963, thousands united for equality. Fifty years later, the District recreates that atmosphere with exhibits, talks and yes, some marching.
“Realize the Dream”: The National Action Network and others will lead a rally Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial to bring attention to recent changes to the Voting Rights Act, “stand your ground” laws and racial profiling, as well as unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, gay rights and other issues. Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW; Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., free; nationalactionnetwork.net.
Panel and photo exhibit: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will hold a discussion Tuesday exploring the local impact of the march, with a photography exhibit by Eric Kulberg, a freshman at American University in 1963. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW; Tue., 6 p.m., free; 202-249-3955. (Gallery Place)
“March for Jobs & Justice”: This march will kick off at 600 New Jersey Ave. NW at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Marchers will make their way to the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice for rallies before heading to the National Mall to join other events. The march will be led by citizens who attended the 1963 march and the Civil Rights Museum on Wheels, a restored 1950s bus with audio and video exhibits inside. Free; 50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com. (Union Station)
“Changing America”: The National Museum of American History (with the under-construction National Museum of African American History and Culture) commemorates the March on Washington and the Emancipation Proclamation. “Both of these were people’s movements,” says Harry Rubenstein, co-curator of the exhibition, which includes shards of stained glass from the Birmingham, Ala., church that was bombed in September 1963, march memorabilia, and slavery-era artifacts. National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; through Sept. 7, 2014, free; 202-633-1000. (Smithsonian)
“A Day Like No Other”: This Library of Congress exhibition features 42 black-and-white images from photojournalists and people who participated in the march. Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE; Wed. through March 1, 2014, free; 202-707-5000. (Capitol South)
“Let Freedom Ring”: Bell-ringings are planned nationwide for Wednesday at 3 p.m. EDT — around the hour King delivered his speech. Other nations are expected to participate. President Obama is slated to speak at D.C.’s bell-ringing ceremony, organized by the King Center and others. Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW; Wed., 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., free; officialmlkdream50.com.