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PM To Address March On Washington

Prime Minister Perry Christie is set to address throngs of Americans who will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic August 28, 1963 March on Washington.

Mr. Christie will speak for just under five minutes; the only Caribbean leader to make such an address.
The Martin Luther King (MLK) Foundation invited the prime minister to speak after hearing him address the Trumpet Awards several years ago.

Headlining Wednesday’s event will be President Barack Obama, America’s first black leader.

President Obama will make a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same spot where slain civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King II addressed the nation with his “I Have A Dream” speech half a century ago.

Dr. King’s address is widely credited with spurring the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
President Obama’s speech will reportedly center on the progress that has been made since the 1963 march as well as his vision for the future.

According to US reports, the president will issue a call to action to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are also expected to speak.

Churches and groups have been asked to ring bells at 3 p.m. Wednesday, marking the exact time King spoke.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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