Obama To Speak at New Martin Luther King Memorial

Monday, Aug 8, 2011  |  Updated 11:40 AM EDT
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Ahead of celebrations of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, some local officials got an up close and personal tour of the memorial being built in his honor.

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President Barack Obama will speak later this month at the unveiling of the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, according to the White House.

The new memorial to the civil rights leader sits on the National Mall near the Tidal Basin, between monuments honoring Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.

Obama will speak Aug. 28, the day of the official dedication. The official website for the memorial
says the president will be part of a ceremony capping a week of events in tribute to King.

Aug. 28 is the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic "I Have A Dream" speech. The ceremony will begin with a pre-dedication concert at 10 a.m. The dedication ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. and a post-dedication concert will follow beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information on the dedication and the memorial, click here.

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