Democrats plan to make the most of the much-remarked upon coincidence that the first African American to become a major party's presidential nominee will accept the honor on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" address.
As part of the program this evening at Invesco Field in Denver will be a video tribute to King and speeches from Representative John Lewis, a civil rights hero who marched with King; the Rev. Bernice King, his daughter; and Martin Luther King III, his oldest son.
UPDATE: "Forty-five years ago, Dr. King talked about his dream. Tonight, Barack Obama must talk about his vision," said Lewis, who was badly beaten in the famous 1965 Selma voting right march.
On MSNBC this afternoon, he spoke with emotion about the historic significance of Obama's nomination.
"It is unbelievable," he said. "It is just unreal. I have cried so much in the last few days.. I don't know if I have any tears left."
Those speeches are scheduled for shortly after 7 p.m. EDT.
The official schedule also confirms that will.i.am (accompanied by John Legend), Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, and Michael McDonald will perform.
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