President Obama to dedicate new MLK Memorial in DC

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Oct. 16 2011 1:10 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2011, file photo, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen in Washington. President Barack Obama is finally getting the chance to speak during a dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. The dedication set for Sunday was originally supposed to take place in August but was postponed after Hurricane Irene swept through the Washington region.

Jacquelyn Martin, File, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is finally getting a proper dedication on the National Mall, weeks after a hurricane blew through Washington and postponed plans for a ceremonial opening in August.

On Sunday morning, Aretha Franklin, poet Nikki Giovanni and President Barack Obama will be among those honoring the legacy of the nation's foremost civil rights leader at the granite memorial.

King's sister Christine King Farris is scheduled to speak, along with his son Martin Luther King III and daughter Bernice King. The choir from King's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta will sing.

Giovanni will read her poem "In the Spirit of Martin." Franklin will sing. And the nation's first black president will speak about a man he says "gave his life serving others."

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