TODAY   |  August 24, 2013

Crowds expected for ‘I have a dream’ anniversary

Thousands are expected to gather on the National Mall for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legendary speech. Marchers will organize at the Lincoln Memorial and march past the new MLK memorial to the Washington Monument, where speakers from Nancy Pelosi to Eric Holder will address them. NBC News’ Craig Melvin reports.

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>> are expected at the nagszal mall in washington, d.c. for the beginning of a week long celebration of the 50th an verszry of martin luther king jr .'s, "i have a dream" speech. craig has more on that. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning to you. 50 years ago, the official name was the march on washington for jobs and freedom . like then, today, organizers don't know precisely how many people are going to show up. i can tell you, a few hundred have already started to gather. the speeches are going start at roughly 7:30 this morning. there will be several speeches from various speakers. marchers will organize at the feet of the lincoln memorial behind me, march down independence and stop at the washington monument . at 11:00 a.m ., we'll start to hear from folks like nancy pelosi . the headline speaker, attorney general, eric holder , is expected to speak this afternoon. we should also note here, wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the speech itself. that is when president obama is scheduled to speak at the feet of the lincoln behind me. lester, back to you.

>> thanks very much.