Thousands Gather For MLK Dedication | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Thousands Gather For MLK Dedication

Play associated audio

Thousands attended the Martin Luther King Jr. dedication ceremony Sunday.

The legacy of Dr. King will now be on display for generations to come when people visit D.C. The President and first family got their second private tour of the grounds before Obama gave a speech where he heralded King's dedication to civil rights. He also highlighted how important a role the District played in helping King bring his message of peace to the nation.

"Nearly half a century has passed since that historic march on Washington," he said. "A day when thousands upon thousands gathered for jobs and for freedom. That is what our school children remember best when they think of Dr. King. His booming voice across this Mall, calling on America to make freedom a reality for all of God's children."

Obama was joined by several civil rights leaders, as well as Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of the King Family. At the dedication, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray urged Congress and the White House to provide full voting rights to District residents.

NPR

Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.
NPR

For Native Alaskans, Walrus May Take The Place Of Turkey

Thanksgiving is a harvest festival — the traditional menu is all about the bounty of late fall. What does your pantry look like if you're a Yupik family living off the land in rural Alaska?
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.