Rev. Martin Luther King brimming w. enthusiasm as he outlines boycott strategies to his advisors & organizers incl. Rev. Ralph Abernathy & Rosa Parks(Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We are now less than 24 hours away from the first observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Crews have been working all week to get the area around the Lincoln Memorial ready.
Tens of thousands of people are expect to attend the rally and march, which marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech.
Another rally is scheduled for Wednesday the 28th, which is the actual date of the 1963 speech. President Obama is scheduled to attend that event.
There are plenty of events in town leading up to Saturday's march.
Among them is the National Urban League's Redeem The Dream Summit. Friday morning, leaders from the Urban League, NAACP, National Action Network and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation came together to release their agenda for tackling the challenges facing many African Americans.
Also Friday, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and actress Gabrielle Union watched as the U.s. Postal Service hosted an event unveiling a March On Washington stamp at the Newseum in D.C. It's a limited edition stamp with featuring marchers carrying placards calling for jobs and equal rights in front of the Washington Monument. According to the Associated Press, Rep. Lewis said, "his stamp, this beautiful stamp, is my hope. It inspires us all to renew our effort to do what we can to create a more perfect union."
Here's what you need to know about Saturday's events. They begin at 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial with prayer. The main program runs from 9 a.m. to noon.
The speakers are too numerous to list, but include Myrlie Evers-williams, Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin's family and Emmett Till's family. At approximately 12:30 p.m. the group will march to the Washington Monument, passing by the Martin Luther King Memorial en route.
If you are planning to attend, Metro is your best way to get there. Metro will open at 7 a.m. and will operate on a normal Saturday schedule. The Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic starting at 6 a.m.