MLK Memorial Opens To Public Today | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

MLK Memorial Opens To Public Today

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.

As many as a quarter of a million people are expected to attend Sunday's official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in downtown D.C.

In the meantime, organizers will open up the memorial to the public later today.

Over the weekend, visitors at the still closed-off site gave the new memorial rave reviews.

Even when viewed through a chain linked-fence, the new statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior evokes powerful responses.

Remarkable. Unbelievable. Overwhelming. Awesome. These are just a few of the words coming from people that were peering through the fence at the memorial Sunday.

Sandra Rawlings, who was with Dr. King when he marched on Washington in 1963, was there Sunday to get a glimpse.

"I look at the man, and then I look at the words, and then I think about America today, and that combination says he stood for justice for all," says Rawlings.

Others, such teenager Aaron Scott, only know of Dr. King through movies, books, and other media.

"It's better than the cartoons ... way better," he says.

The memorial opens to the public this morning at 11 a.m.

NPR

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
NPR

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
NPR

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
NPR

Meet HitchBOT, The Robotic Hitchhiking Wonder

With a bucket for a body and foam noodles for limbs, hitchBOT is a story-telling, story-collecting, hitchhiking robot invented by two professors. And it's just embarked on a trip across Canada.

Leave a Comment

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