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Smaller Crowd Expected At MLK Dedication

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Organizers are expecting a much smaller crowd for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in October than they were for the original date in August.
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Organizers are expecting a much smaller crowd for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in October than they were for the original date in August.

Organizers are preparing for a smaller crowd at the rescheduled dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The King Memorial foundation has applied for a permit to accommodate 50,000 people on Oct. 16.

That's far smaller than the 250,000 attendees organizers had expected for the dedication's initial date of Aug. 28, the anniversary of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  

Officials were forced to postpone the ceremony when Hurricane Irene swept through the area that weekend.

However, National Park Service spokesman Bill Line says organizers can change the application to accommodate more people as the date draws closer.

The original application for the Aug. 28 event called for 25,000 attendees and was increased several times. The new permit is not yet approved but the White House says President Barack Obama will speak at the rescheduled dedication.

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