August 28th, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic march on Washington. In commemoration of the anniversary, Washington DC will host a week of events dedicated to King’s vision of equality, freedom, and justice.

On Saturday, August 24th the “50th Anniversary March on Washington Realize the Dream March & Rally: Jobs, Justice, and Freedom” will be held on the National Mall from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Alliance members from around the country will be participating in the march. Many of them will be traveling great distances to do so, including Tony Fransetta, President of the Florida Alliance, who is traveling 1,000 miles and 36 hours round trip to attend the march.

The rally, with an expected attendance of at least 100,000, will be convened by the National Action Network and co-convened by a wide variety of progressive organizations, including several unions affiliated with the Alliance for Retired Americans, including: American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Communications Workers of America (CWA), International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), International Union of Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (UNITEHERE!), and United Steelworkers (USW.)

Speakers at the rally will include Rev. Al Sharpton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman John Lewis, Randi Weingarten, President of AFT, Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME and Mary Kay Henry, International President of SEIU.

In addition to the rally, events during the week will include the “Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action” ceremony on Wednesday, August 28th, which will include a speech by President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial. Additionally, there will be a “Global Freedom Festival” on the National Mall from August 25th – 27th.