Gospel brunch will mark Martin Luther King anniversary

The Willard Continental Hotel in Washington DC is a top spot for celebrating the 50th anniversary of MLK's I Have a Dream Speech. Photo: MLK Memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. Singer Denyce Graves will headline a Gospel Sunday Brunch at 11:30 on Sunday, August 25 to honor the 50th anniversary on August 28 of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps. An audience of 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall for that 1963 occasion.

The Willard Continental Hotel brunch will feature sparkling wine, a bountiful southern-style brunch buffet, and it will be attended by members of the King Family.

Joining Graves on the program will be the Voices of Worship choir and an inspirational jazz ensemble. The Willard, where Dr. King spent the night before he delivered his historic speech, is offering special celebratory one and two-night packages that include the brunch, plus a Civil War to Civil Rights Tour, and access to other historical sites in the national capital. 

Other events in DC, across the nation, and around the world are planned to mark the anniversary during the week of August 21-28.

To commemorate the speech anniversary on the 28th, the Atlanta-based King Center will hold a 9 am interfaith service at the King Memorial, and a 1 pm celebration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, culminating with a bell ringing ceremony at 3 pm — the exact time King gave the speech. President Barack Obama will deliver remarks from the same steps on which King stood in August, 1963.

The King Center has asked governors of the 50 states and other countries to support the bell-ringing. Many have said they will participate, including destinations as diverse as Concord, NH, Allentown, PA, Tokyo and Switzerland.

For reservations and more information, visit http://washington.intercontinental.com/mlk-50th-anniversary-celebration.

Information on events around the nation can be found at www.mlkdream50.com

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