MLK Memorial Groundbreaking


The groundbreaking ceremony in Washington for a memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held Monday.

The $100 million memorial will take visitors from the ‘Mountain of Despair’ to ‘the Stone of Hope’.

Along the way, they can read Dr. King's words and reflect on his journey.

Presidents Bush and Clinton as well as members of King's family and civil rights leaders attended Monday’s groundbreaking.

During her speech at the ceremony, Bernice Albertine-King, Dr. King’s daughter, said, “When the work is done, the King Memorial will be a fitting tribute, powerful and hopeful and poetic, like the man it honors. Our father just wanted to be a great pastor. Little did he know he'd end up being a great pastor to the nation and to the world."

Memorials on the National Mall are largely reserved for Presidents and veterans of major wars.

Dr. King's memorial will be built between the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Monument, not far from where he gave his "I have a dream" speech.

It should be completed by spring 2008.


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