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Monday
Jan172011

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Personifies Hope, Equality

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/MLK, Jr. Nat'l Memorial Project, Gediyon Kifle(WASHINGTON) -- As America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s 82nd birthday Monday, the finishing touches are being put on a memorial to commemorate the man of dreams in Washington, D.C. near where he delivered his most famous speech.

The tribute to Dr. King changes the face of the National Mall. The MLK Memorial is in a direct line between the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and the Jefferson Memorial.

After 25 years of fundraising, planning and organizing, the site is finally nearing completion. Two giant towers of granite representing the "Mountain of Despair" and the "Stone of Hope" stand along the banks of D.C.'s Tidal Basin. Etched in the "Inscription Wall" along the perimeter of the monument are over a dozen quotes from some of King's most memorable speeches.

The public unveiling is scheduled for Aug. 28, 2011, the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

With a $120 million price tag, fundraising has been the largest barrier to completion of the memorial, said Dina Curtis, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project. The project still needs to raise $12 million to meet their goal, she said.

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Saturday
Oct022010

Labor, Civil Rights Groups Rally on National Mall

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsUPDATE: Glenn Beck's "Restore Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in August was described by many as a religious revival. Saturday’s "One Nation" gathering - also at the Lincoln Memorial - organized by hundreds of groups ranging from labor unions, civil rights organizations, gay rights and environmental organizations had the feel of a political rally.

Speakers at the gathering repeatedly referenced the Nov. 2 midterm elections and the importance of voting.

"Conservatives don't believe in your freedom," liberal commentator Ed Schultz told the crowd. "For the last two years, the president has had to put up with the word 'no.'"

At "Restore Honor," Glenn Beck and featured speaker Sarah Palin tried to avoid political references.

"I hope people look at the Mall because this is what America looks like," Rev. Al Sharpton said Saturday in a swipe at the diversity of those who attended Beck's rally.

Schultz said he was told the crowd at Saturday’s rally was larger than Beck's. The U.S. Park Police did not release an official estimate.

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(WASHINGTON) -- Thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Saturday, for the “One Nation Working Together” rally organized by labor and civil rights groups.

“We will get universal health care someday in this country. We will create jobs. We will get the money to the small businesses,” said radio host Ed Schultz, who addressed the crowd.

“This march is about the power to the people,” Schultz said. “It is about the people standing up to the corporations. Are you ready to fight back?”

In August, thousands rallied on the National Mall in a gathering led by conservative political commentator Glenn Beck. 

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