A Mall Memorial for

Martin Luther King Jr.

* A new memorial could soon be rising on the Mall, and kids are being asked to help build it.

The memorial, on a four-acre site between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his "I have a dream" speech here 42 years ago this week.

Yesterday the group raising the $100 million needed to build the granite memorial launched its "Kids for King" program.

Kids in grades 1 through 12 can request a packet that includes facts about King's life, a form on which to write a short essay describing their own dream for America, and materials to help raise money for the monument. For a $5 donation, kids will get a blue Build the Dream wristband.

The memorial, which already has nearly $40 million in donations, will have a 30-foot-high image of King, his words carved in stone, and several waterfalls.

Twelve essay-writers will be flown to Washington for the scheduled groundbreaking in November 2006, and all of the essays will be kept in the archives. The memorial should be done within two years of the groundbreaking.

To find out more, visit www.buildthedream.org or call 888-484-3373.

Erinn Tyson, 9, of Washington, who attended yesterday's event, said King is her hero because "he tried to make peace between black and whites."

Delonte Egwuatu, left, Erinn Tyson, Josh Jones and Caroline Thompson eye plans.