Tony Bennett to attend 50th anniversary March on Washington
Tony Bennett at the Friars Club Roast of Don Rickles in New York, on June 24, 2013. (Invision / Greg Allen)
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:08PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Tony Bennett plans to travel to the nation's capital to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the March on Washington marks its 50th year.
Bennett, who marched with the civil rights leader in Selma, Ala., in 1965, is scheduled to perform as part of Saturday's festivities commemorating the historic march and King's "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
The entertainer said Thursday he wants to honour King's humanitarian message, but will also be in Washington as part of the Voices Against Violence campaign that is pushing for gun limits.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is holding an event on Saturday with King's son, Martin Luther King III. And President Barack Obama will speak on the actual anniversary day Wednesday.