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The main statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the new memorial is flanked by walls etched with his famous quotations. The dedication of the memorial has been postponed to a later date due to Hurricane Irene.
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The main statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the new memorial is flanked by walls etched with his famous quotations. The dedication of the memorial has been postponed to a later date due to Hurricane Irene.

Sunday's ceremonies to dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial have been postponed.

After having to rearrange activities because of the earthquake, organizers have now had to postpone the highlight of the commemoration because of bad weather.

Organizers of the weekend-long ceremonies to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have postponed Sunday's dedication ceremony because of the strong winds and rains Hurricane Irene is expected to bring to the region. Now, the commemoration will end with Saturday's morning prayer service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast D.C.

Sunday's dedication was supposed to be the climax of the festivities, coming on the anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech. President Barack Obama was supposed to speak at the ceremony, which was expected to draw up to 250,000 people to the memorial site on the National Mall.

Now, officials hope they'll be able to hold the dedication in September or October. Meanwhile, today's activities will proceed as scheduled.

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