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PostSubject: King’s monument itself is a dream   Sat 27 Aug à 8:09

You can add the name Martin Luther King Jr. to those who have earned their place on this sacred patch of grass. More than 250,000 people were expected to show up Sunday morning for the dedication ceremony, on the 48th anniversary of King’s historic “I Have a Dream’’ speech, but the event has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial has a prime spot in West Potomac Park, overlooking the waters of the Tidal Basin on a direct line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. The sculpture of the renowned civil rights leader faces Jefferson and his great promise of freedom for all, found in the Declaration of Independence. The steps of the Lincoln Memorial also resonate profoundly, having been the site where King uttered those famous words - again and again - on Aug. 28, 1963, before a crowd estimated at 250,000.

“What better place to put a King, but between two presidents,’’ said Harry E. Johnson Sr., CEO of the MLK Memorial Foundation, as he guided me around the final stages of the construction in June.

It has been almost 15 years since Congress passed a resolution authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity to which King belonged, to build a memorial in Washington that would honor the legacy of the man and his message of justice, hope, and compassion. That’s not to say Johnson didn’t overcome his own heap of adversity to ensure that the memorial would be built exactly how the fraternity envisioned.

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