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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington National Cathedral officials say during a special forum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, audio of King's last Sunday sermon at the Cathedral will be played.
Officials say The Very Rev. Gary Hall will lead other members of the Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on Saturday in the commemorative March on Washington. Then, on Sunday, the Cathedral will hold a special forum featuring part of King's March 1968 sermon, "Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution."
According to officials, Cathedral's fifth dean, the Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre, Jr., joined Dr. King for the last part of the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery in March 1964. Later, Sayre invited King to preach in 1968, and the decision was met with criticism, say officials.
King still gave the sermon, and observed in it that "[t]hrough our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools."
Officials tell us that Dean Hall will preach Sunday from the same pulpit that King delivered his last Sunday sermon from nearly five years after the March on Washington.
The Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network's Lifelines to Healing campaign, will talk about King's message, and "discuss the current issues pressing the nation in the wake of Trayvon Martin's killing and the Supreme Court's decision overturning key provisions of the Voting Rights Act," according to officials.
The special forum at 10:10 a.m. and the service of Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. Sunday are both open to the public. They will also be webcast live at www.nationalcathedral.org.
Also, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday the bells in the central tower of the Cathedral will play the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." This date and time were chosen because that is when King delivered his speech 50 years ago, say officials.
Today, you can see a niche statue of Dr. King preaching carved in a Cathedral bays on the main level with the inscription, "I have a dream."