MLK Memorial Opens in D.C.-UPDATE!


ATLANTA (WAOK)- It has taken 15 years from the day President Clinton signed Congressional legislation proposing the establishment of a Memorial in the District of Columbia to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  to the finish of the project. Now the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  is finally open to the public. The 30 foot tall sculpture opened to the public this week. The official dedication was scheduled for Sunday, August 28, the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” however, the ceremony was postponed late Thursday evening over concerns about the direction of Hurricane Irene. It is the first memorial established on the National Mall to honor a black person and the first memorial erected for someone who was never President of the United States.

Many who have already seen the memorial up close have been moved to tears.  Georgia Congressman John Lewis shared his feelings when he first saw the massive granite statue.

Plans for a group of 60 middle and high school students from Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy campus to represent Atlanta Public Schools at the formal dedication of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday were also cancelled.

Take a virtual tour of the King memorial site here

Share with us your memories of Dr. King and tell us what this memorial means to you.

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