Posted by on August 22, 2013 in Blog

This weekend tens of thousands of people from around the country will come together on the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, originally delivered on August 28, 1963.

The Arab American Institute is proudly joining the festivities. AAI’s Executive Director, Maya Berry will address the crowd gathered on the National Mall. Berry will speak shortly after 9am at the Lincoln Memorial. Our members and staff will join thousands of Americans just like us to remember this special moment in the history of civil liberties in America, and to continue the work that Dr. King inspired so many to undertake through his historic speech. We know that the work is not yet done.

AAI will join a number of allies and partners on Saturday including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). There are a number of ways you can participate in the commemoration of this event across the country and in our nation's capital.

If you’re in Washington, D.C., come join us and march in solidarity with thousands of other Americans for Jobs, Justice, and Freedom, seeking fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream. We’ll be meeting in front of the Federal Reserve at 20th and Constitution at 8:00 a.m. We’ll be dressed in our "Yalla Vote" tee-shirts to raise awareness about the importance of voter education and mobilization- a crucial effort in the struggle toward freedom and equality - and we’ll have plenty of Yalla Vote swag for you, too! The two closest metro stops to our meeting location are Farragut West and Foggy Bottom (both on the Orange and Blue lines).

For more information and to view a full calendar of a week of events held to celebrate this historic anniversary, both here in D.C. and in cities across the country, click here. If you’re having trouble finding us on Saturday or want more info., please contact 202-429-9210 or email Yasmine Taeb.

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