The dedication for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has been pushed to October, after Hurricane Irene forced organizers to postpone because of safety concerns. The original date planned, August 28th, would have been the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The new date chosen, October 18th, marks the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March, an event begun in 1995 to help black men express their thoughts and improve their lives.
The King memorial features a 30-foot statue with an inscription wall containing quotes from his speeches and writings. President Barack Obama, already scheduled for the original date, is slated to appear and speak at the event.