Tourists, locals alike honored by King memorial (By BEN NUCKOLS, Bloomberg Businessweek) Hundreds of people slowly filed through the entrance to the 4-acre memorial site on a warm, sunny Monday morning in the nation's capital. Before reaching the sculpture, they passed through two pieces of granite carved to resemble the sides of a mountain. About 50 feet ahead stands the 30-foot-tall sculpture by Chinese artist Lei Yixin. King appears to emerge from a stone extracted from the mountain, facing southeast across the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial.
Rev. Al Sharpton To March For Jobs In D.C.
Written by NewsOne Staff on August 22, 2011 4:47 pmRev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) will hold a mass march for jobs and justice on Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
The rally and march is expected to attract thousands of members of the civil rights community.
Martin Luther King III, Tom Joyner, CEO of the National Urban League Marc Morial, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and other notable figures are scheduled to lead the march and speak to attendees.
The march will begin on Constitution Ave NW and 17th Street NW at 1:30pm and progress to the King Memorial site on Ohio Drive, SW and West Basin Drive, SW.
According to a press release, NAN’s goal to emphasize what it was that gave Dr. King such an exalted place in American history.
It was his work for civil rights and labor rights that made him the historic figure he has become. It was near the grounds of his monument that he was planning a tent city for poor people when he was killed. NAN will use the occasion of August 27th to raise this unfinished business and challenge those that seek to undo what Dr. King tried to do for working people and labor in this country.“There are relatively few moments in our lives that make history; The weekend of August 27th & 28th will be one for the history books as we not only commemorate the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’, but also when the world bears witness to the unveiling of the national King Memorial,” Rev. Sharpton shared in a statement released today.