MLK Memorial Dedication set for August 28

Washington will soon have a new memorial for visitors to explore. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is set to be dedicated on August 28, 2011. It marks the 48th anniversary of Dr. King's March on Washington and historic "I Have a Dream" speech. The dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and a post-dedication concert will follow at 2 p.m.

The memorial will be an engaging landscape experience conveying four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s life – democracy, justice, hope, and love – and features the use of natural elements including water, stone, and trees.

A 450-foot inscription wall will feature more than a dozen Dr. King quotes engraved into granite to serve as a lasting testament and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The memorial will include the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” which will feature a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King.

To learn more about dedication plans, including events that will take place earlier in Dedication Week, please visit