The new national memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. will be unveiled and opened to the public six days before its official dedication on August 28th. One of those six days (Tuesday, August 23rd) will be reserved for D.C. residents only.
"Tours will be conducted for residents who have special passes," explained Mayor Vincent Gray (D -- D.C.) to reporters. Gray said the 20,000 passes would be issued by the city government on a first-come, first-served basis after August 18th. Procedures for getting the passes will be announced next week.
D.C.'s mayor estimated that a quarter million people might come to the city for the dedication of the new monument, which is scheduled on the 48th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. That 1963 address (and the quarter million demonstrators who assembled to hear it) electrified the nation, and galvanized supporters of racial equality to push Congress to pass anti-discrimination legislation. In fact, the Civil Rights Act was passed by Congress one year later, and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. It effectively outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and gender.
President Obama has indicated to the foundation that built the MLK Memorial that he will participate in the dedication of the site. Organizers expect as many as 100,000 people to attend the ceremony. Most in attendance will have to stand and watch the 11:00 a.m. ceremony on huge TV screens.
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