Martin Luther King Memorial Oct 16
September 12, 2011 by staff
Martin Luther King Memorial Oct 16, Hurricane Irene made a mess of many things, but all its destructive power could only serve to postpone the delivery of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.
The memorial was to be dedicated August 28, instead would be formally celebrated on October 16, architect Ed Jackson Jr. executive told the Associated Press. A formal announcement is coming.
The new date does not have quite the resonance of the original that was pulled by Irene. August 28 marked the 48th anniversary of the mass demonstration which included DC King “I have a dream” – a milestone in the civil rights movement and the life of Dr. King.
October 16, by contrast marks the 16th anniversary of Louis Farrakhan “Million Man March” in Washington, an event that was based on King’s son, Martin Luther King III, among its speakers. And October 16th was also the date in 1973 that Maynard Jackson became the first black elected to be mayor of Atlanta, the birthplace of King and the site of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
It is unclear whether the commitment is intended to be bound by any of the cases.
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