** UPDATED **
- The March and Rally scheduled for Saturday, August 27th featuring Marty King, III and Bernice King, organized by Rev. Al Sharpton REMAINS ON SCHEDULE.
- The official unveiling scheduled for Sunday, August 28th organized by the MLK Memorial Foundation has been postponed.
Nearly 5 years since the first shovel dug into the hardened ground, the much anticipated memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be open to the public. Sunday, August 28th has been set aside as thousands are expected to converge on the national mall, in Washington D.C., and participate in the event. The date is significant because it will have been 48 years since Dr. King gave his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech.” President Obama will be taking part of the festivities.
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Pre-Rally & March August 27th
Marty King will be joining Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network as there is a rally and march scheduled for Sat. August 27th. Last year in a special march to view the site, Sharpton led 50,000 marchers from Dunbar High School to the site.
Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the MLK Memorial Foundation stated, “I’m very much looking forward to celebrating this momentous event with my fellow Americans and people around the world who understand what this memorial stands for, and the relevance of Dr. King’s message.”
The monument will be adjacent the Lincoln memorial. Since 1984 when Dr. King’s wife, the late Mrs. Coretta Scott-King lobbied to have a national celebration honoring the birth of Dr. King, as well as a national monument. Just about every metropolitan city participates in the national King Day celebration. Atlanta is home to the King Center and site where Dr. and Mrs. King are laid to rest.
Hard Work and Commitment
There has been a very labor intensive effort to bring the MLK memorial to reality. In addition to gaining political support, Johnson had to spearhead a movement to raise the necessary money to build the monument.
Dr. King has three children who survived him; Marty, III, Dexter and Bernice. The other sibling, Yolanda passed away several years ago. Last year, Marty participated in a March and rally which ended at the memorial site. more than 50,000 were said to be in attendance and he thanked them for respecting his parent’s vision and mentioned he would be looking forward to the memorial opening in 2011.
While she was living, Mrs. King developed a positive relationship with Rev. Al Sharpton who heads up the National Action Network. For the past 5 years Sharpton’s group has coordinated several events honoring Dr. King. Along with Marty, he will be part of the MLK celebration and coordinating a march to invoke the spirit Dr. King embodied nearly 50 years ago. A formal celebration will follow and it is expected leaders and dignitaries from the United States as well as leaders from around the world will join in the festivities.
Official MLK website
Official Celebrate the Dream website
National Action Network website
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