Tony Bennett to attend March on Washington

August 22, 2013
FILE - This June 24, 2013 file photo shows musician Tony Bennett at the Friars Club Roast of Don Rickles in New York. Bennett, who was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s supporters during the civil rights era, will travel to the nation’s capitol to pay tribute to King’s vision as the March on Washington marks its 50th year. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 honor 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.