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Kids Join Campaign To Build King Memorial In D.C.

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By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) Education Secretary Arne Duncan is marking the 46th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington a few days early with students from the Washington area.

Duncan joined Tuesday with students and organizers working to build a memorial to King on the National Mall. At the memorial site, they announced a ``Kids for King'' competition for students to write essays, create artworks or produce video's about King's legacy.

The memorial effort has been stalled for nearly a year over a disagreement with the National Park Service on how to secure the site. The park service wants to install security barriers. But organizers say that goes against King's legacy of inclusiveness. King gave his famous ``I Have a Dream'' speech on August 28, 1963.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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