Celebs, Politicians "Let Freedom Ring" at the Lincoln Memorial

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  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Rep. John Lewis
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Marc Morial
  • Reverend Al Sharpton
  • Andrew Young
  • Robby “Kid President” Novak
  • Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • The Winans
  • Natalie Grant
  • Peter and Paul
  • Identity4Pop
  • Pastor Wintley Phipps
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Vincent C. Gray
  • Angus King
  • Donna Edwards
  • Marcia Fudge
  • Ben Jealous
  • Clayola Brown
  • Melanie Campbell
  • Charles Steele
  • Johnathan Jarvis
  • Let Freedom Ring Ceremony

Jimmy Carter

Eight years after Martin Luther King Day was proposed to Congress to become a federal holiday, the 39th president, President Jimmy Carter, proclaimed Jan. 15, 1973, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to honor the slain Black leader.

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