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Harry Belafonte, Jeff Johnson and Biz Markie Help Usher in New Generation of Drum Majors Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, The Memorial Foundation, Inc. led by Harry E. Johnson, Sr., in collaboration with Marc Morial and the National Urban League, will host the Drum Majors for Justice Celebration on Friday, August 23 in Washington, D.C. Sponsored in part by AT&T, Enterprise, Hyundai Motors America, Sprint and Wells Fargo, the day pays homage to our civil rights icons and celebrates the young people who have already begun taking up the mantle in the continued fought for justice for all.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75 percent of those living in the country today were not born in 1968. With this in mind, one of the goals of the Drum Majors for Justice Celebration is to engage young people ages 35 and under, equipping and preparing them for civic engagement and leadership. Noted speaker, commentator and media personality Jeff Johnson will be on hand to from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the occasion. Harry Belafonte will be present to offer words of inspiration and encouragement; and getting the crowd ready for the day will be celebrity DJ Biz Markie and Howard University’s Marching Band’s drum line.

“As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and honor the icons who paved the way for us today, we consider it our duty and privilege to celebrate and open doors for our young people, our leaders of tomorrow,” said Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO, The Memorial Foundation. “The Drum Majors for Justice Celebration is just the beginning for The Memorial Foundation, and we look forward to continued engagement with the next generation of community and world leaders.”

During the Drum Majors for Justice Celebration legends of the civil rights movement and other national leaders will take a look back on the 1963 March on Washington, the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Highlights of the day include:

Friday, August 23
Redeem the Dream Summit
Grand Hyatt Hotel – Independence Ballroom
1000 H Street, NW
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Drum Majors for Justice Future Leaders Celebration
Freedom Plaza, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24
Pre-March Rally
Grand Hyatt Hotel – Independence Ballroom
1000 H Street, NW
5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

For media interviews, contact Rae Trotman at rae@raetrotman.com or 703-869-5448. To learn more about Drum Majors for Justice, please visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0017xHhslUbPq9QHPLEtN4D0diB4xuw7mcSNrA6j7e8a7BbbUzmspp8IsJ0NyxtaYSZ5i8TqmJd84VRYampEbkCihu6TUjwKt7iGnOBYELtLZqzLJ7EWyYwF7GlXV4OlHUl6A7W8TZTv6A= or http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0017xHhslUbPq8NWrNcUh4CXxhxMXR1pgZInwViziM8LFYwBQUUE6HfYoUHMeqe4_nhXnrZddvJJ5iH9TdTOHh5OsAocXmRcKZqY5ZS-CcExeoqSY3xlc4ZI-2ONLPoJclCXx9U6rHKvDI=.

About The Memorial Foundation, Inc.
The Memorial Foundation, Inc. was launched on the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, August 28, 2012. The Memorial Foundation exists to promote awareness of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial located in Washington, DC and its tenets of democracy, justice, hope, and love as well as to support the general upkeep of the Memorial in future years.

Additional information regarding The Memorial Foundation, Inc. can be found at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0017xHhslUbPq8NWrNcUh4CXxhxMXR1pgZInwViziM8LFYwBQUUE6HfYoUHMeqe4_nhXnrZddvJJ5iH9TdTOHh5OsAocXmRcKZqY5ZS-CcExeoqSY3xlc4ZI-2ONLPoJclCXx9U6rHKvDI=.

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