September 10th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Official dedication of MLK Memorial to be held October 16

The official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, which was postponed because of Hurricane Irene last month, will be held on October 16, Harry Johnson Sr., head of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation, said Saturday.

The date was set in consultation with the White House as President Barack Obama is expected to speak at the ceremony.

The dedication of the $120 million memorial was to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and King's famed "I Have A Dream" speech on August 28. But while many of the weekend events went ahead, the centerpiece dedication was postponed as the East Coast hunkered down for the battering winds and rains of Hurricane Irene.

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  1. RuffNutt

    I have a dream too.. I dream that one day I'll make it with a gorgeous california bathing suit model. That's my dream.

    September 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (elvis impersonater )

    @FAKENUTT... LOL.. YEP THAT'S ONE OF them...

    September 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RuffNutt

    Hey fakey,the second one. Why don't you give it a rest already TROLL.

    September 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (elvis impersonater & fbi agent )

    i think that mlk jr was a kinda kool kid..

    September 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (elvis impersonater & fbi agent )

    fakey suk my balls...
    eat dick->>> (_)(_):::::::::D- – – – – trolls

    September 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Although he wasn't faithful to his wife, he did accomplish so much in this country. MLK was truly an impressive man in our history.

    September 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Not me.

      September 12, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (karate instructor for policemen & officerses)

    if i seen you in the street fakey i'd use my cure for aids on you..

    September 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Say What !"


    September 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @Scottish Mama:

    Yes, he was.
    He did many, many good things for his country.
    Many men have cheated throughout history; it does not diminish what they've accomplished.
    JFK cheated regularly; no one starts a "post out with although he cheated on his wife..."

    But otherwise, right on, mama!

    September 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    A much more rare intro would be, "although he Never cheated on his wife..."! So far I can't recal a man in history who didn't have an affair! Many women/wives did too! It's the way of the world! S.e.x, d.r.ugs, & rock & roll, or S.e.x., power & $$$, it's all the same! Glad to know this is finally being done! Can't believe it's taken this long for an official monument, why!? Or do I already know the anwer to that! If so, it's so pathetic!!

    September 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Hi, fernace.
    I agree with you.
    Infedelity has been going on since the beginning of time, but overall, it doesn't diminish the *acts* of great men, only our idea of their home life.
    No one is perfect.
    No one.

    September 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay bob

    Wonder if they'll play the excerpt from Jackie O's memoirs where she stated that Bobby Kennedy told her that every time he saw a picture of MLK he thought King was evil.

    September 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alex

    Do we have to build a monument to everyone? I mean seriously how many people are there who have done great things for humankind must we build a statue for everyone or can't it be enough that we celebrate their accomplishments and the way they left the world a slightly better place.

    September 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    @jay bob you mean the way the liberals did with another republican cause they both are king and bush g w

    September 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jordan scene©

    Alex since the dawn of mankind we have built monuments, whether to appease/honor a god(s), honor a leaders memory or burial, to signify a victory or defeat, and so on and so forth. In a way, they act as a tangible representation of people, places, and things that played a roll on shaping our history. monuments will be around for far longer than any of us for that matter. I think its fair that MLK gets a monument to signify his roll in the civil rights movement. Side note, good evening banasy and friends! [*waves*]

    September 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
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