MLK Memorial Dedication
October 15, 2011 by staff
MLK Memorial Dedication, Unless another hurricane inexplicably materialized in the East Coast, the dedication ceremony for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will be held Sunday morning.
President Obama, Vice President Biden, the King’s family and a handful of civil rights leaders and dignitaries will be present to celebrate the achievements of the man credited with pushing the civil rights movement at the forefront of America and to promote their cause through peaceful demonstrations.
The morning ceremony in length, was originally scheduled for August 28 – the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and King “I have a dream” – but Tropical Storm Irene delayed the event. This second attempt to honor the king was greatly reduced, but still is expected to last four hours and includes a musical performance by Aretha Franklin, Obama’s comments and the repetition of King’s famous speech.
The organizers originally planned a day full of festivities, but Sunday’s ceremony will begin just before 8 am and end around noon.
Although the comparison by time, “I hope Sunday’s event will be momentous for all who join us in West Potomac Park and those who tune in from around the country and around the world to witness this long-awaited moment in the history of our nation, “said Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.
Program beings at 7:50 am with a video of the King followed by musical selections.
The ceremony begins at 9 am and includes a welcoming speech by Mayor Vincent Gray DC followed by comments from the family of King and reflections on the civil rights movement of Dan Rather and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others.
Franklin’s performance and Obama’s speech will come at the end.
The king is the first monument on the National Mall in honor of someone who was not the president and first leader to honor a black American. It covers four hectares and includes a registration wall 450 feet to more than a dozen quotes from King engraved in granite and a 30-foot sculpture of him
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