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Obama, Civil Rights Leaders, Dedicating MLK Memorial Sunday


President Dedicating MLK Memorial Sunday

After a postponement, President Obama, civil rights leaders and entertainers will dedicate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Sunday (October 16), in Washington D.C.

The ceremony at West Potomac Park is open to the public.

Those scheduled to be in attendance include civil rights leader Andrew Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson, journalist Dan Rather and Aretha Franklin.

Jennifer Holliday and poet Nikki Giovanni are two of the musical and spoken-word performers.

The memorial, which is King’s likeness carved into a huge boulder, was originally scheduled to be dedicated on August 28 on the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

That event was postponed because of Hurricane Irene.

Gates open at 6 a.m. ET with the official ceremony featuring commentary from President Obama and Vice President Biden commencing at 11 a.m. ET.

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