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Atlantans get preview of King Memorial

Visitors from Atlanta, including Martin Luther King III and his wife, Arndrea, recently joined Ambassador and Mrs. Andrew Young for a private tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
WASHINGTON – Visitors from Atlanta, including Martin Luther King III and his wife, Arndrea, recently joined Ambassador and Mrs. Andrew Young for a private tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO of the King Memorial Project, led the tour through the memorial, which is still under construction.

Johnson said the memorial is scheduled to open to the public on Aug. 28.

“All of us here at the Foundation are working tirelessly to ensure this will be an event to remember,” Johnson said. “Together, with President Obama as our keynote speaker, we will stand on the new Memorial’s beautiful grounds on the National Mall, and we will celebrate this momentous achievement.

Johnson said $112 million has been raised, with $9 million more to go to reach the goal.

Young gathered everyone at the base of a 30-foot statue of Dr. King for a group prayer. The Rev. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., Memphis City Schools board member and pastor of the New Olivet Baptist Church, led the prayer of thanksgiving for the lives of the participants in the civil rights movement.

(Special to the NNPA from M. Alexis Scott and the Atlanta Daily World.)

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