Atlanta (WAOK)-A new date has been set to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Hurricane Irene forced organizers to postpone the event in August, days before 250,000 people were expected to attend.
MLK memorial executive architect Ed Jackson Jr. told The Associated Press on Sunday the monument will now be dedicated Oct. 16 on the National Mall.
The dedication had been scheduled for Aug. 28, on the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the dedication ceremony on the new date, Jackson said in an email.
Oct. 16 will be the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March on the National Mall.
Martin Luther King, is the first black person and the first person who has never been president to be honored with a memorial on the mall. It is surrounded by memorials to presidents — Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The King memorial features a 30-foot statue of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner with a stern gaze and crossed arms in one hand he holds a newspaper. To each side of the statue is an inscription wall with 14 quotations from King’s speeches and writings throughout his life.
The effort was started 27 years ago. Congress authorized the memorial in 1996.