Praise 103.9 Celebrates America’s recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28th in the nation’s capital. It’s the first time in the nation’s history an African-American will receive a permanent monument, but if any one in history deserves it certainly it is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On August 28th, President Barack Obama will lead world leaders, civil rights pioneers, and citizens who remember the hard days of segregation and those leading the next generation closer to Dr. King’s dream and will gather for the long-awaited celebration and remembrance.

This ceremony will be the culmination of a week of events, inspired by the establishment of a permanent honor to one of our nation’s greatest citizen leaders. Dr. King was a profound teacher, whose lessons were anchored in the primacy of human dignity. He enacted irreversible social change and led our country forward, relying exclusively on non-violent means. The Memorial will be a lasting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and will forever serve as a monument to the freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood.

Join Radio One Philadelphia on for this celebration of the permanent recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Week Events
Monday, August 22

Press Preview

7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

1964 Independence Avenue, SW

Wednesday, August 24

Honoring Global Leaders for Peace

International Salute Gala

7 to 10 p.m.

National Building Museum

Thursday, August 25

Honoring Past, Present, Future Pioneers

Civil Rights Pioneers Luncheon

12 to 2 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Partners in the Dream

Public Expo

3 p.m. Ribbon Cutting, Expo Open until 8 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

The Message in the Music

Concert of Civil Rights Era Music

8 to 10 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Friday, August 26

Partners in the Dream

Public Expo

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Women Who Dare to Dream

Luncheon Honoring Women Civil Rights Leaders

Friday, August 26, 12 to 2 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Saturday, August 27

Partners in the Dream

Public Expo

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Interfaith Prayer Service

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Washington National Cathedral

Dream Keepers

Encouraging Future Leaders Youth Symposium

12 to 3 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

The Celebration

Dream Gala

7 to 10 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Sunday, August 28

Dedication

Pre-Dedication Concert: 10 a.m.

Dedication Ceremony: 11 a.m.

Post-Dedication Concert: 2 p.m.

West Potomac Park

Partners in the Dream

Public Expo

2:30 to 6 p.m.

Washington Convention Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication Week Event Descriptions

Wednesday, August 24

Honoring Global Leaders for Peace International Salute Gala

This formal dinner will initiate five days of Dedication Week activities and commemorates the men and women who continue to pursue the dream of global peace and social equality, a goal championed by Dr. King in his universal message of democracy, hope, justice, and love.

Thursday, August 25

Honoring Past, Present, Future Pioneers Civil Rights Pioneers Luncheon

While Dr. King was arguably one of the most influential figures to emerge from the Civil Rights Movement, he was not alone. This luncheon honors those who dared to stand with Dr. King, those who dare to stand for the dream today, and those who dare future generations to continue to stand for social justice and equality.

Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, August 28

Partners in the Dream Public Expo

Join supporters of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial for a public expo including information booths, performances, and a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A ribbon cutting will open the Expo on Thursday, August 25 at 3 p.m., and Partners in the Dream will be open through Sunday.

Thursday, August 25

The Message in the Music Concert of Civil Rights Era Music

Artists will perform the legendary sounds of the Civil Rights Movement – music that inspired hope, strength, and change in a concert at the Washington Convention Center.

Friday, August 26

Women Who Dare to Dream Luncheon Honoring Women Civil Rights Leaders

Equally as important as their male counterparts, the women of the Civil Rights Movement have earned our respect and esteem. At this luncheon, we honor the women whose legacy of strength and dignity continues to inspire hope and commemorate the life of Coretta Scott King.

Saturday, August 27

Interfaith Prayer Service

This Washington National Cathedral service will serve as the interfaith opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Dignitaries will speak from the pulpit where Dr. King delivered “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” the last Sunday sermon he delivered.

Saturday, August 27

Dream Keepers Encouraging Future Leaders Youth Symposium

This afternoon forum will provide our young guests an opportunity to learn from stories and experiences of role models, inspiring youth to spread Dr. King’s universal, timeless messages and to live their potential.

Saturday, August 27

The Celebration Dream Gala

The Dream Gala is the premier VIP formal event of Dedication, where all Leadership Donors, dignitaries, and honored supporters come together for a momentous evening celebrating the completion of the dream: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. will present awards to long-time supporters who helped make the Memorial possible.

Sunday, August 28

Pre-Dedication Concert

This concert will pay tribute to the life, the dream, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before the official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Dedication

On the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be officially dedicated to the American public.

Post-Dedication Concert

Following Dedication, a celebration concert will occur on the Dedication stages, featuring performances by leading artists.

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