DCPS Students to Perform at Lincoln Memorial

Event Showcases Students from DCPS Elementary and Middle Schools


On Friday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial, Fifth and Sixth graders from four DC Public Schools will perform historic speeches and songs from our county’s past that speak to the quest for freedom and justice.

The schools include School Within a School (920 F St. NE), CW Harris Elementary School (301 53rd St. SE), Stuart Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE), Hyde Addison Elementary School (3219 O St. NW).

In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), students will stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King himself stood during his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

Students will perform:

  • President Lincoln’s ’A House Divided Speech’ (1858)
  • If I Had a Hammer,” song by Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Reading from a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt (1939)
  • “My Country Tis of Thee,” Marian Anderson
  • Dr. King’s Give Us the Ballot speech (1957)
  •  “Blowin’ in the Wind,“ song by Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech (1963)
  • Whole World,” song by Marion Anderson
  • “The Times They Are A Changin’,” song by Bob Dylan
  • “I’m On My Way,” song by Odetta
  • President Obama’s ‘Let Freedom Ring Anniversary Speech’ (2013)
  • We Shall Overcome

Come experience the amazing talents and dedication of these young people.