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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is open, but it will be officially dedicated in October after the previous ceremony was cancelled due to inclement weather.
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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is open, but it will be officially dedicated in October after the previous ceremony was cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Organizers have rescheduled the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the mall for Oct. 16, after Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the previously scheduled ceremony in August.

That new date falls on the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March on the National Mall in 1995.

That date for the dedication of the $120 million memorial was scheduled to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech on Aug. 28. While many of the ancillary weekend events went ahead, officials postponed the ceremony as the East Coast braced for the hurricane.

Harry Johnson Sr., head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation, says the date was arranged in consultation with the White House and President Obama, who is expected to speak at the ceremony.

 

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