Jackson tells Occupy protesters to remain nonviolent
Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication on Sunday. Like civil rights protests, he told Occupy protesters to remain nonviolent. (Oct. 16)
Al Sharpton leads rally for jobs, justice
Rev. Al Sharpton organized a March on Washington for Jobs and Justice on the National Mall on Saturday. Occupy DC protesters also joined the event as they headed toward the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. (Oct. 15)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial unveiled
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is revealed to members of the press before opening to the public. The design is derived from part of King's famous "I have a dream" speech when he said, "With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope." The memorial sits by the tidal basin between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials.
MLK Jr.'s fraternity holds private ceremony at memorial
Alpha Phi Alpha is Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity and the oldest Greek-letter fraternity for African Americans in the country. The organization conceived and pushed for the King memorial. Friday, thousands of "Alphas," clad in their colors of black and gold, gathered at the memorial for a private tribute to King.
MLK Memorial dedication postponed
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Harry Johnson, Sr., president of the MLK Memorial Foundation, discuss the decision to postpone the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial due to the potential storms caused by Hurricane Irene.
Head lowered on to MLK monument
The most recognizable piece of the new Martin Luther King Jr. monument--the head--was placed atop the statue of the civil rights leader, in between the National Mall and the Tidal Basin on Wednesday, November 24.