MLK Memorial Still $6 Million Shy of Reaching Goal, But Will Go as Planned


Rev. Harold Carter, a minister from New Shiloh Baptist church in Baltimore, was part of the group who got a look at the memorial. Seeing it made him recall his days marching with King.

"As fraternity brothers we marched together during the early days of the Montgomery bus boycott," Carter told ABC affiliate WJLA.

The commemorative site will be the first on the National Mall to honor a person who was not a president or a soldier. This will also be the first time a person of color will be honored with a statue at the D.C. site.

The unveiling event scheduled for Aug. 28 will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The event is expected to feature musical performances by a number of entertainers, including singer Smokey Robinson.

Some Interesting Facts About the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial:

The address of the memorial is 1964 Independence Avenue. 1964 is the year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.

King's memorial statue is located near the cherry trees on the national mall, which coincidentally bloom each year around the week King was assassinated.

The Aug. 28 dedication is exactly three years to the date of President Barack Obama's acceptance of Democratic nomination. The White House announced on Aug. 4 that the president will speak at the unveiling. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is also scheduled to attend.

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