Thursday, August 25, 2011
Washington, DC (August 25, 2011) – This evening, Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the Washington DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. announced the postponement of the Martin Luther King Memorial dedication originally scheduled for Sunday, August 28th and dedication day activities, due to the possible weather threat from Hurricane Irene.
“In consultation with the National Park Service, the Mayor’s office and FEMA, it is with a heavy heart and enormous disappointment that we announce that, in the interest of public safety, we are forced to change our plans....so many worked tirelessly to dedicate the dream and make this Memorial a reality. We owe a special debt of gratitude to the Foundation staff, our generous sponsors, and to you, the public. In the words of Dr. King, “we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. With that in mind, let’s remember the spirit of the Memorial – justice, democracy, hope and love.”
The Dedication Event schedule for the remainder of this weekend is:
Friday, August 26th
2011 Partners In the Dream (Exhibit Hall) and MLK Store at the Washington Convention Center Hall D from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Women Who Dare To Dream Luncheon at the Washington Convention Center from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 27th
The 2011 National Prayer Service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Activities scheduled for later in the day, including the Dream Gala celebration are canceled.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will be open to the public on Friday, August 26 from noon until 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to noon.
For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, please visit http://www.dedicatethedream.org/.