“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~
Rain, storms and a hurricane may have delayed the dedication of the King memorial, but nothing will stop this historic monument from becoming a part of the American landscape. While smaller celebrations, including the opening gala and the interfaith service were held to mark this historical occasion, the nation looks forward to the main event – the unveiling of the first memorial on the National Mall in honor of a person other than a president and the first in honor of an African-American. As a distinguished champion of human dignity and freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s defining leadership throughout the civil rights era continues to impact individual lives and humanitarian efforts in our country and around the globe.