D.C. Mayor Drops Plan For Residents Only Preview Of MLK Memorial | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Mayor Drops Plan For Residents Only Preview Of MLK Memorial

Play associated audio
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray previews the memorial for members of the press and other guests last week. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial opens this week, and will be dedicated Aug. 28.
Patrick Madden
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray previews the memorial for members of the press and other guests last week. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial opens this week, and will be dedicated Aug. 28.

D.C. officials are no longer planning to issue tickets for the "D.C. Residents Day" preview of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the the day will now be open to anyone.

The preview is scheduled for Aug. 23, a few days before the memorial is officially dedicated Aug. 28.

Some 250,000 people are expected to attend the dedication. District officials wanted to make sure residents weren't crowded out of the festivities, so they set up the special, first look at the site. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray had planned to hand out tens of thousands of tickets to those who could show proof of D.C. residency.

But D.C. spokeswoman Millicent West says officials had to drop that requirement.

"We anticipated that based on the calls and other requests that we received that the demand would far exceed the supply," says West.

They've also dropped the requirement that visitors on that day be District residents -- again because of logistics.

"The district doesn't even have the authority to limit who would be able to go to the memorial on that day," West says

Because of that, anyone who shows up between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 23 can get an advance look at the towering 30-foot tall statue of the venerated civil rights leader.

WAMU 88.5

Second Annual Funk Parade To Take Over U Street

This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade. Funk Parade organizers couldn't get a permit to march down U Street last year, but the crowd veered off V Street anyway to where co-founder Justin Rood always...
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.
NPR

For Aspiring Artists, Social Media Can Get Fans Too Close For Comfort

The power of social media is that aspiring artists can essentially invite fans into their living rooms, but fans can sometimes overstay their welcome.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.