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(Washington, DC)  —   A Gala Dinner was held last night to mark the beginning of dedication events for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. The dinner entitled “Honoring Global Leaders for Peace” drew a large crowd, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson who worked with Dr. King during the civil rights era. He tells WJLA-TV that more must be done to achieve Dr. King’s dream.

Even with a hurricane churning off the East Coast, memorial officials say Sunday’s official dedication ceremony will take place as planned, rain or shine.  Tens of thousands of people, including President Obama, are expected to attend the ceremony on the National Mall.  For updated information about this week’s events log on to
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