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August 09, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Welcomes Hundreds of Thousands to the District for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication  

Foundation CEO Harry Johnson, Civil Rights Leaders and Youth to Join Mayor in Highlighting Official Events and Special Focus on the District

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Harry E. Johnson, President/CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation; The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton , U.S. Congresswoman; Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, President, National Black Leadership Roundtable; Rev. Willie F. Wilson, National Director, National Action Network March on Washington; Wade Henderson, President, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund; Maudine Cooper, President, Greater Washington Urban League; and Ryan Washington, Youth Mayor-Elect will unveil preparations for the events leading up to the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Sunday,
August 28.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
             10:00 AM

WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Site
              Ohio Drive and Basin Drive, SW
              Washington, DC 20024

LOGISTICS: Due to active construction, the site is only accessible via Gate 4 – at the intersection of Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive, SW. Flat, closed-toe shoes are encouraged. A small number of vehicles can be accommodated on West Basin Drive
south of Gate 4. Directions to press conference: westbound on Independence Avenue, SW toward the Lincoln Memorial; left on Ohio Drive, SW; left on West Basin Drive. The Weekly City Hall Press Briefing will not take place.
BACKGROUND: The District of Columbia is partnering with the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. as the city prepares to host hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend the dedication of the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on August 28 and dedication week events leading up to the historic day. Special activities are planned specifically for DC residents.