Dedicating the Dream: MLK, Jr. Memorial Dedication on October 16th, 2011

Originally scheduled on August 28th (the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the historic "I Have a Dream" speech), the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is taking place this Sunday, October 16th. This great event signifies the first time that a memorial standing on our National Mall is dedicated not to a former U.S. President or one of our country's war heroes, but to a citizen activist committed to civil rights and peace.

The event will take place at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. It is free of charge and open to the public--tickets are not required. The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation is hosting the dedication and encourages visitors to bring picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy the day's festivities. The dedication activities will begin at 8am, but gates will open to the public at 6am. Visitors may access West Potomac Park via four gates on Independence Avenue, SW.

For more information regarding the day's events or to learn more about the history of the memorial, visit

Image: Martin Luther King, Jr. stands tall as the Stone of Hope
Source: NPS