DMV are you ready? The official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial is set to take place on tomorrow Oct. 16th in Washington D.C. To add joy to the festivities the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin as well as few other guests have been added to the star-studded line up of performers.
Performers Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow have been added to the lineup for Sunday’s rescheduled dedication of Washington’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the head of the memorial’s foundation said Thursday.
Harry E. Johnson Sr., the foundation’s chief executive, said the four will join Aretha Franklin, who plans to sing the gospel hymn “Precious Lord,” one of King’s favorites, at the dedication ceremonies on the Tidal Basin.
Singer Jennifer Holliday and the music group Sweet Honey in the Rock are also scheduled to appear, along with a host of dignitaries and artists, at the event, which runs from 8 a.m. through 11 at the memorial, off Independence Avenue. [source]
More details on the spectacular event below:
The dedication program will begin at 9 a.m. and culminate in the 11 a.m. dedication in the forecourt of the memorial, on Independence Avenue just southwest of the World War II Memorial. President Obama is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
The dedication is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. A public viewing area will be available in a large field in West Potomac Park, west of the memorial, and the proceedings will be telecast on huge TV screens.
Spectators are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets and chairs. Gates will open at 6 a.m. and the public may access West Potomac Park via four gates on Independence Avenue SW.
Civil Rights leaders such as Julian Bond, the Rev, Joseph Lowery, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga), Marian Wright Edelman, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others, are scheduled to speak.
Also scheduled to speak are members of the King Family, and former network news anchor Dan Rather, who covered the civil rights movement early in his career. [source]