(FOX NEWS) Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. shared with a divided nation his “dream” of racial equality, America’s first black president will mark the anniversary – and the progress made since the 1963 March on Washington — on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The president will be joined Wednesday for the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony by a host of civil rights leaders, as well as past presidents and members of the King family. Obama will speak roughly 50 years to the minute since King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

He is expected to offer his personal reflections on the civil rights movement, King’s speech, the progress achieved in the past 50 years and the challenges that demand attention from the next generation.

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