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All Living Democratic Presidents to Attend 'March on Washington' Anniversary

11:39 AM, Aug 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The White House announced that Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will be joining President Barack Obama at the March on Washington anniversary on Wednesday.

"This Wednesday will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial; a moment which served to punctuate a movement that changed America," reads the announcement from Valerie Jarrett.

"To honor this occasion, President Obama will be joined Wednesday, August 28th, by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial, to commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington.  

"As we mark this important anniversary, we reflect on what the Civil Rights Movement has meant for the country, and perhaps most importantly, the hard work that lies ahead as we continue to pursue the ideals laid out by Dr. King, and sought by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched through our nation’s capital fifty years ago."

It doesn't appear that any living Republican presidents will be attending the event.

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