WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will join former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton at the Lincoln Memorial today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Obama says he considers the 1963 march and the Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech a "seminal event."
He says the anniversary is a good time to reflect on how far the country has come and still has to go.
The final refrain of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech will echo around the world as bells from churches, schools and historical monuments "let freedom ring" in celebration of a powerful moment in civil rights history.
Organizers said sites in nearly every state will ring their bells at 3 p.m. their time Wednesday or at 3 p.m. EDT, the hour when King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington.
In Hampton, the moment will be marked at Mary’s Park (on the back side of the Peninsula Town Center across from Macy’s, Hyashi & Monsoon Restaurant). Speakers at the event include Dr. Mary T. Christian and Councilman Will Moffett.
On Aug. 28, 1963, as King was wrapping up his speech at the Lincoln Memorial, he quoted from the patriotic song, "My Country `tis of Thee."