Tourists And Residents Gathered For MLK Memorial Preview | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Tourists And Residents Gathered For MLK Memorial Preview

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.

Tourists and area resident got their first preview today of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the national mall.

There is a lot to see in this $120 million tribute, but as the first group of people began to flow into the memorial, most gathered in front of the 30-foot statue of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., looked up and stared.

"It's just awesome," says Lorraine Parker-Miller, one of today's visitors. "It's very moving for me."

Miller was 18 years old in 1963 when she walked down Independence Avenue to join the March on Washington, and listen to Dr. King give that iconic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Although this memorial has been 25 years in the making, Miller says it was worth the wait.

"This is a dream come true," she says. "It's my dream come true, and we haven't reached where I want us to go, but it’s a step forward."

The memorial is open 10 p.m. through Thursday, and closed Friday and Saturday to prepare for the dedication Sunday morning.

NPR

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
NPR

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
NPR

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
NPR

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.

Leave a Comment

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