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MLK memorial dedication postponed because of hurricane

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Thousands who had planned to witness the historic dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington will have to wait a while longer. Hurricane Irene is forcing planners to postpone the event on the national mall. No new date has been set.

The dangerous storm continued to pound the Mid-Atlantic states with heavy winds and rain early this morning on its path to New York and New England. Too dangerous to risk the safety of an estimated 250,000 people organizers had predicted to attend the historic event.

Sunday August 28th is the 48th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream Speech" on the National Mall. Planners had hoped to tie the dedication of the memorial to the anniversary with a big celebration and a speech by President Barack Obama. Get the latest on hurricane damage here.

Churches, civic groups and families organized bus caravans to the dedication from Dr. King's hometown, Atlanta. But all had to be cancelled at the last minute because of the storm threat.

Please share your comments with us. Were you planning to attend the dedication this weekend? WIll you attend the rescheduled ceremony? What do you think of the MLK sculpture?




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